Jorge at StringCans comes out
in favor of War Tax Resistance
and says that he’s found a simple solution to getting rid of your telephone
federal excise tax:
…just get rid of your phone bills altogether by switching to a broadband phone
company such as Vonage. I’m becoming a strong advocate of such services, and I
just realized that this is yet another reason. As of yet, at least, services
like Vonage aren’t regulated by the government because they don’t use the
phone networks. This is an excellent way to protest and save yourself
money at the same time!
Give us more money, or soldiers aren’t going to get paid. That’s the cynical
game the Pentagon’s leadership has been playing with the Army’s budget in
recent months. And now, it’s crunch time.
, Rumsfeld &
Co. have been dipping into
the Army’s day-to-day funds — like money for soldiers’ paychecks — and then
daring Congress not to make up the difference with a second, “supplemental”
pile of cash.
They’re playing the same game with that extra “death benefit” that Bush
promised a little while back. You may remember how with showy generosity,
Dubya promised that “[i]f a soldier was killed in war… his loved ones would
get a $100,000 lump sum — up from just $12,420 — plus an extra $150,000 in
life insurance payouts.”
The money is part is a larger, $4.8 billion package of Army
Shortfalls and Requested Legislative Authorities” — programs that the
service’s chiefs felt should have received more money from the Pentagon
budgeteers. Every year, the Army, Navy, and Air Force appeal directly to
Congress to infuse these programs with more cash. This year’s Army list also
includes $443 million for more M16s and other small arms and $227 million for
night vision equipment…
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