Want War? You Pay for It!
By: Mike Maharrey | Published on: Dec 12, 2021
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James Madison warned us about the costs of war.
War comes with an extremely high price tag. According to the Cost of War Project by the Watson Institute at Brown University, the U.S. spent $2.26 trillion on the war in Afghanistan alone. That comes to over $300 million spent every single day over the span of two decades.
In 2018, the Watson Institute calculated that America’s “war on terror” had cost the equivalent of $23,000 per taxpayer.
But the average person has no sense of the cost of America’s neverending wars. That’s because the government primarily pays for its wars by borrowing money, effectively pushing the cost to future generations.
Imagine if every taxpayer had to write that $23,000 check.
We might reconsider perpetual war.
James Madison thought so.
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Beyond this separation of powers, Madison wrote in his 1792 newspaper article that “each generation should be made to bear the burden of its own wars, instead of carrying them on, at the expence of other generations.” Furthermore, Madison proposed that “war taxes” should be levied in such a way as to make it clear what those dollars are paying for.
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If we didn’t have “dishonest money” that can allow the politicians and bureaucrats to use the hidden tax of inflation to push the debt onto future generations, then we should have a war tax.
Take the all the Pentagon and three letter “war” agencies like the CIA, TSA, Homeland Security and divide it by the total taxpayers. That should be a line item added to everyone’s tax return next year. Wonder how long before ever the steepest Sheeple is down at their “representative’s office” with a pitchfork, torch, and tar ’n’ feathers?
There’s a reason that Election Day is as far as possible from Tax Day!
Give peace a chance cause if nothing else, it’s cheaper!