Taxes are forever

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  1. Polimom,
    It’s not just a state government thing. In 1898 the US government passed a 3% “luxury tax” on long distance telephone calls, (targeting wealthy people who had telephones) as a way to help fund the Spanish American war. That war is long since history, but the Feds just stopped collecting it last year.
    Once a revenue stream starts flowing into a government, it is almost impossible to shut it off. Politicians will spend whatever they have, and then some. It’s never enough.
    Reagan was right. Starve the beast!
    (PS — The beast won’t actually starve, but it will have to set priorities and–horrors–have to say ‘no’ to some interest groups, even if only temporarily.)

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