Congressman Obey, tax phone bills to pay for the war.

( – promoted by buhdydharma )

House Appropriations Committee Chair David Obey (D-WI) recently suggested putting the Afghan misadventure on a pay as you go basis, as this would make the public aware of the costs. He hinted, and others have more explicitly suggested, that this tax hit the wealthy. I differ.

While I’m all for a progressive tax structure in general, the Afghan War Tax Surcharge, to create maximum pressure to end this ‘dumb war,’ should be in the face of every American. An excise tax on telephone service (30%?) like President Johnson imposed to help pay for his big mistake in Asia, is especially useful, as the bill comes due every month. Label the line on the phone bills clearly AFGHANISTAN WAR TAX SURCHARGE, and we’ll see a monthly wave of irate calls to the White House and Congress demanding we get the fuck out.

Meanwhile, use any boost in income tax on the highrollers to pay for needed domestic programs.

(also at kos’ place)

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    • Ben Masel on November 25, 2009 at 8:01 pm
    • Heather on November 26, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    with a war surcharge every time you make a cell phone call would be even more effective. Plus the people that never see a bill because someone else pays them would get face time too.

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