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Re: *Bush floats a national sales tax
Old 08-15-2004, 10:15 PM   #21
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Re: *Bush floats a national sales tax

A historical reference from the UK on the introduction of new, temporary or replacement taxes:

'On 3 December 1798, William Pitt, the Prime Minister of the day, announced the introduction of Income Tax to pay for the Napoleonic Wars. It was to be a temporary tax and technically it still is, as it has to be renewed each year. Pitt had long resisted a tax on income but the necessity to feed his troops persuaded him to change his mind.'

Does 206 years still count as ''temporary''?

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Re:  Bush floats a national sales tax
Old 08-17-2004, 07:08 AM   #22
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Re:  Bush floats a national sales tax

Does 206 years still count as ''temporary''?
We Yanks may have a permanent income tax, but when the politicians were lobbying for the amendment that authorized it, they solemnly promised that it would never go above 2%. Since an American politician's promise is his bond, we are therefore forever safe from excessive taxation.
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Re:  Bush floats a national sales tax
Old 08-17-2004, 07:15 AM   #23
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Since an American politician's promise is his bond
No one ever got elected by telling the truth. The American Voter cannot handle the truth.

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