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November 12, 2007 07:00 PM UTC

Anti-Tax Coalition Continues to Fray In the West

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  • by: davidsirota

A few weeks ago, I penned a column about how the right’s anti-tax, anti-government coalition was fraying apart – even in the Rocky Mountain West. In light of that, check out this story from the Las Vegas Review-Journal about how even the casino industry is saying government needs to find ways to generate more revenues for Nevada state government – including tax increases. Granted, the casino industry is responding to a ballot initiative threat, but this does show you that Grover Norquist’s unholy alliances are coming undone.

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5 thoughts on “Anti-Tax Coalition Continues to Fray In the West

  1. Gonna piss me off again.
    Maybe folks like you that seem to virtually LOVE raising taxes should DO as you SAY. But funny, we won’t see that will we? You want everyone ELSE to pay more taxes.

    We that already pay our fair share, and then some, don’t necessarily share your point of view.
    Give it a rest already.

    1. Specifically, the article about Las Vegas gaming leaders (one that nationally supports republicans) saying that the governor needs to tax all businesses, not just gaming. But why let facts get in the way of your misguided anger and feigned persecution?

      1. down this road with ol’ David on this a couple months ago. Although he doesn’t respond. He just writes his liberal dribble and moves on.
        Some people just want to raise taxes for the sake of raising taxes.
        What about accountability? What about streamlining your budget? Isn’t this what every fuckin person in the world has to do? Why not our elected officials?
        Well the answer is: They would streamline and work within their budgets if we asked them to.

        People with the “raise taxes cause it’s easier” mentality just piss me off.

  2. “The “hidden” economic costs to the United States of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan so far total approximately $1.5 trillion, costing the average U.S. family of four more than $20,000. The total includes higher oil prices, the expense of treating wounded veterans, and interest payments on the money borrowed to pay for the wars.”

    h/t ThinkProgress

    There are other sites that give examples of what could have been paid for with this money, and kept taxes low for worthwhile social, and environmental programs here at home.

    1. If the Bush administration succeeds in its latest request for funding for the war in Iraq, the total cost would rise to $611.5 billion, according to the National Priorities Project, a nonprofit research group,” the staff stated in an online introduction. “The amount got us wondering: What would $611 billion buy?”

      Among the findings, from college tuition to free gasoline — each posted with an accompanying photo — staffers revealed the following:

      • “U.S. drivers consume approximately 384.7 million gallons of gasoline a day. Retail prices averaged $3.00 a gallon in early November. Breaking it down, $611 billion could buy gasoline for everybody in the United States, for about 530 days.”

      • “In fiscal 2008, Medicare benefits will total $454 billion, according to a Heritage Foundation summary. The $611 billion in war costs is 17 times the amount vetoed by the president for a $35 billion health.”

      • “According to World Bank estimates, $54 billion a year would eliminate starvation and malnutrition globally by 2015, while $30 billion would provide a year of primary education for every child on earth. At the upper range of those estimates, the $611 billion cost of the war could have fed and educated the world’s poor for seven years.”

      h/t Boston Globe

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