Archive for the The “Terrorist Tax” Category

Niner 11: Revisiting The First Draft Of History (September 12, 2016)

Posted in Iran, Iraq, Terrorism, Terrorism-Free Month - June, The "Terrorist Tax", War on September 12, 2016 by

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Intended Consequences In Iraq (August 3, 2015)

World Trade Center Building 7 And The AIA (May 18, 2015)

Giuliani – Draft Dodger And Chickenhawk (March 3, 2015)

Iraq:  Right On Track (June 16, 2014)

Bulk Collection Of Telephony Data.  Again. (December 16, 2013)

“Iraq” Is Arabic For “Vietnam” (March 18, 2013)

The Drums of War (February 20, 2012)

Iraq:  AGFPT.  Iran:  AGFPT II? (January 2, 2012)

Iraq:  Shock and Awe; Shocking and Awful (September 6, 2010)*

Shop While They Drop – The $2.99 Sacrifice (May 7, 2007)

Gettysburg and Iraq (October 30, 2006)

Staying the Collision Course In Iraq and The Mid-East (September 25, 2006)

Still Off Course (September 18, 2006)

The Virtues of an Iraqi Civil War (April 17, 2006)

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Bumper stickers of the week:

“Those who cannot remember . . . .”  Santayana, The Life of Reason (1905)

*         “Did Osama win?”

#        “The War on Terror is over.  We decided to lose and we lost.  Definitely, definitively, decisively.  Now, terror in the U.S. is home-grown . . . by the U.S. government.  And the terror in the U.S that appears to be imported is predictable blowback and payback from prior U.S. terrorist activities abroad.”

*         “What goes around, they say.  At least something is ‘Made in the U.S.A.’ and also ‘Born in the U.S.A.’ today.”   

Chamber of Business Supports The “Terrorist Tax” (July 5, 2010)

Posted in Taxation, The "Terrorist Tax" on July 5, 2010 by

The Chamber of Business announced this morning that it supports the proposed “Terrorist Tax.”  Heathcliff Lucre, IV, noted at the press conference:  “My bona fides are bona fide.  I despise each and every tax and all taxes.  The words ‘tax’ and “taxes’ are four-letter words in my book.  My wife and I so despise taxes that we went out and got matching tattoos on our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary proclaiming:  ‘Taxes Stink.’  The decision to support a twenty-five cent per gallon hike in the tax on gasoline every quarter was wrenching.  Nonetheless, after a spirited debate, the Board moved and approved the decision to support the tax.  The Terrorist Tax is the one tax that will raise much-needed revenue and also spur other positive private sector market-based initiatives.  The tax is painful but necessary.”

Bumper stickers of the week:

My [gas hog] consumed the gas your Prius saved

Support the Terrorist Tax

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness

Less Government Regulation Series: The Terrorist Tax Again (August 3, 2009)

Posted in Automobiles/Automobile Industry, Energy, Gas/Fossil Fuel, Less Government Regulation Series, Taxation, The "Terrorist Tax" on August 3, 2009 by

July, 2008:   Gas:   over $4 a gallon   Toyota Prius Hybrid Car:  $3000 over MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) and a line of buyers occupying the showroom.

July, 2009:   Gas:   under $3 a gallon   Toyota Prius Hybrid Car:  $3000 under MSRP and a flotilla of the cars littering the car lot.

The Volkswagen tdi (turbo diesel injected) cars followed the same price arc in response to the price of diesel.

The market should maintain its central role in American society.  Embrace it.  Taxing gasoline/diesel at a “quarter a quarter” per gallon contemplates a twenty-five cent ($.25) increase in the tax on fuel each financial quarter (90 days).  [See the “e-ssay” dated December 18, 2006 entitled “Pass The ‘Terrorist Tax’”]  As a compromise, raise the tax twenty-five cents a year every year.  Any tax by its nature contracts the economy which in this situation is akin to the body politic sucking in its stomach a little.

Implementing the tax while the market price of fuel is low is timely and crucial.  The market is ready.  More Prius cars will be built without the government passing legislation requiring more Prius cars.  More resources will be invested creating a more improved hybrid car or a new more efficient car without further government directives to create improved and new vehicles.  Although not fundamentally a revenue-generating measure, the tax funds can fill the fisc and reduce the country’s dependence on Chinese money.  So many other positive economic changes will result without any further government action.

O’Bama must deliver a speech on the proposal as compelling as his speeches in Philadelphia and Cairo.  He can sell it.  Writing the speech would be fun.

The Cars Allowance Rebate System (CARS), the “Cash for Clunkers” Program, is a short-sighted, expensive and misdirected use of government resources and misuse of public resources.  Too much government money is being spent to spew vehicles on the road that require substantial resources to produce and consume substantial resources to use.

Bumper stickers of the week:

25 cents a quarter

Stop funding terrorists

Pass The “Terrorist Tax” (December 18, 2006)

Posted in Gas/Fossil Fuel, Global Warming, Taxation, The "Terrorist Tax" on December 18, 2006 by

Tax terrorists.  By taxing gasoline.  The tax should be implemented incrementally to allow adjustments to spending and driving habits and raised enough to reduce demand purposefully.  Americans are directly financing hostile political activities because dinosaurs made the unfortunate decision to die in regions that sprouted unfriendly regimes.  Profits from the sale of gas profit some terrorists.  That must stop.

The consumption of much gas in America really does not result in the production of any goods or services; other countries consume gas to produce goods and services.  Consuming gas while driving to work results in the production of some goods and services, yet driving alone is inefficient.  Gas must be used more efficiently.  The market is the answer.

The market will respond in particular if there is certainty that the tax increase is permanent.  The higher resulting price for gas alone will spur research and investment into other sources of energy without the need to create any additional specific tax credits and deductions.  (There should be a concensus that the Terrorist Tax is not to be coupled with any specific tax credits or deductions.  Otherwise, a lobbyist will grab a representative’s ear and obtain an earmark for some pet technology that may not otherwise be marketable.)  The tax revenue can be used to address our obscene national Debt of almost Nine (9) Trillion ($9,000,000,000,000.00) dollars or for other purposes.

To his credit, Bush spurred debate by noting in his State of the Union address that America is “addicted to oil.”  “Addicted to Oil” is a documentary narrated by Thomas Friedman addressing the world’s competition for a decreasing pool of crude oil.  “A Crude Awakening – the Oil Crash,” a recent film directed by Basil Gelpke and produced by Ray McCormack, explains why the collision of insatiable demand for oil and the “limits of geology” is producing dire consequences.  Others have written about the problem; see the Internet.

Others have made the argument that taxes must be increased.  Mr. Friedman has championed the cause for years.  Dispensing credit for the idea is less important than selling the idea to the public.  Implementing the tax is economically and politically painful, yet failure to implement the tax is economically and politically fatal.  Paying a substantial tax on gas is one of the most patriotic sacrifices each one of us could make.  Convincing the American public to accept the “Terrorist Tax” will require astute and bipartisan statesmanship.  Those Americans who believe that taxes should be raised during a time of war may be the first to enlist in the campaign.  Present it as a tax that provides a double punch.  A single dollar provides a double return because we keep it and the terrorists don’t get it.

There is only one person who could pull it off in the short term.  Bush could shock the world by announcing the Terrorist Tax as a means to 1) deny funds to Terrorists, 2) confront global warming, and 3) generate much needed revenue.  The sales campaign requires an observation that some sympathetic countries provide oil to the United States; this country does not need to generate more enemies.  “Tax Terrorists Today.”