Don’t Pay for the War in Iraq

NWTRCC has produced a “Don’t Pay for War in Iraq!” pledge that it’s asking people to sign on to:

The war in Iraq has cost hundreds of thousands of lives, many more maimed and psychologically injured, and devastated Iraqi society.

Our own society is also being devastated by the direction of federal tax dollars to the war. Our infrastructure is falling apart and real human needs, such as education and health care, are not met.

The majority of people oppose this war, and yet the death and destruction will continue so long as the U.S. military remains in Iraq. Billions more dollars will be spent making us less safe.

To stop this madness we, the people, must stop paying for war. We cannot wait for others to stop it for us.

We refuse to pay for the war.

We call on others to join us by refusing to pay some or all of their federal income taxes and redirecting the money toward healing the wounds of war and meeting real human needs.

I wonder how many of the people who are calling on Congress to cut off funding for the war will be willing to do it themselves.

In “Ghetto Capitalism”, Patrick Radden Keefe reviews Sudhir Venkatesh’s Off the Books and looks at how people who are least able to afford the costs of participating in the government-regulated and -taxed above-ground economy find and invent alternatives in the underground economy.

Kay Bell at Don’t Mess With Taxes has pointers to some useful resources for people who want to take advantage of federal, state, and local tax incentives for energy-efficient and alternative-energy home improvements.

And The Wandering Tax Pro gives us the skinny on the most advantageous tax treatment of home office expenses by people who are employees of their own one-person corporation.