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Letter to the editor: Tax meat

December 27, 2017

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To the editor:

With congressional Republicans rushing to place a new tax bill on President Trump’s desk before Christmas, here comes the respected British publication The Guardian suggesting a new source of tax revenue: meat. Yes, a tax on meat to beat the health and climate crises.

The concept is hardly radical. We already pay taxes on tobacco, alcohol, sodas, plastic bags and other consumables that afflict the public health and cause other social costs.

The revenue would reimburse Medicare, Medicaid and other government health care programs for treating victims of chronic diseases that have been linked conclusively to consumption of animal products. It would contribute to the costs of restoring air and water quality and wildlife habitats that have been devastated by production of these items.

Benjamin Franklin noted that nothing is certain except death and taxes. However, death can be deferred substantially by taxing the very products that make us sick.

Comments

Bob Smith 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Remember how the Guardian helped swing Clark County, Ohio for Bush in the 2004 election? That paper isn't the sharpest tool in the shed.

Bob Summers 5 months, 3 weeks ago

There should be a tax on sexual harassment as well.

The money raised from PBS and NPR alone could feed the hungry.

Richard Heckler 5 months, 3 weeks ago

The Koch brothers are at it again.

The Wall Street Journal just reported that they’re spending a whopping $20 million promoting the GOP’s tax scam, with more TV ads and even door-to-door campaigning in the works -- all to boost the plan’s weak popularity before the 2018 elections.

We all know the tax scam is a bad deal for the American people. But we can’t let the Koch brothers well-funded spin machine cloud the truth -- and we’re running ads right now to fight back.

The GOP’s billionaire donors -- including the Koch brothers -- are about to get massive tax breaks under the GOP plan. And now, they’re channeling their windfall into propping up the Republicans who voted for this scam.

Bob Summers 5 months, 3 weeks ago

You do realize you have to make money that is taxed in order to appreciate the tax plan?

It can be called a scam if one doesn't make any taxable money.

Steve King 5 months, 3 weeks ago

You mean like, retirees Bob? Handicapped people on assistance? The mentally challenged on assistance? People in nursing homes getting little SS Checks? Single mom's on minimum wage under 30 hrs a week? I seriously doubt many of them have pass through income, estate tax worries, a jet or rental incomes. Rather broad brush there fella. Only the blind can't see who the winners are in this rushed tax reform. Got your postcard return form yet? Sad.

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