[Marxism] $2,150 Per Family and Counting

Yoshie Furuhashi furuhashi.1 at osu.edu
Sat Apr 17 17:03:10 MDT 2004

*****   April 16 / 18, 2004
$2,150 Per Family and Counting
Paying for War


Sitting here working on my taxes at the last minute, after having 
just watched President Bush's appalling performance at his only press 
conference of 2004, and having just read about the plans for an 
all-out Marine assault on Fallujah and Najaf if truce negotiations 
break down, I found myself wondering how much of my taxes were going 
to support the Iraq atrocity.

A call to Bob McIntyre of Citizens for Tax Justice gave me the 
answer. About 25 percent of my income tax payment. Of course, that's 
a rough estimate, based upon the prediction that this year's income 
tax will bring in $765 billion in revenues, and that the Iraq war is 
costing almost $200 billion for the year.

That's something to think about as you're mailing your envelope to 
the IRS tonight. For a typical family with a taxable income of 
$60,000, and a typical tax bill of $8626, that works out to an Iraq 
War tax bill of about $2150. For a family making $100,000 in taxable 
income, with a typical tax bill of $18,614, that is a war tax of 
about $4650. Even a student making a taxable income of say $7000, and 
paying a tax of around $700 to Uncle Sam is paying around $175 to 
support the killing in Iraq.

Oh, but that's not all. If you're one of those who pays your taxes on 
line, you should also remember that the federal tax you pay on the 
phone line you use for your dial-up or DSL service is, and always has 
been a war tax, pure and simple. Lyndon Johnson, trying to come up 
with ways to pay for his own war, hit on the idea of the federal 
phone tax which, once instituted, has remained with us ever since, 
funding Pentagon extravagance and now, Bush's war.

If that information doesn't get your blood boiling, you should go 
check the Citizens for Tax Justice website (www.ctj.org) and check 
out how much you're actually saving from Bush's trillion-dollar tax 
cut plan for the rich.

According to CPJ, if you're in the group of taxpayers who's family 
income is in the range of about $36,000, you'll be saving about $827 
this year. That may sound like a nice piece of change, but it pales 
to insignificance when compared to the family in the big McMansion 
down the road that has an income of $200,000 and that's seeing their 
tax bill drop by $6800 this year. Go figure. If it were even 
moderately fair, that tax break of $827 you're getting should be no 
more than six times as great for someone earning six times as much as 
you, or about $4900. And for the family earning $1 million, assuming 
they're really paying their taxes, their Bush savings is over 
$52,000. Over the full 10 years of these tax cuts, the picture gets 
even more outrageous. The folks earning that puny $36,000 in taxable 
income will save a total of $6500, while the $200,000 family will net 
almost $90,000 and the millionaires will save a whopping $665,000! 
It's really another way of pointing out who's really paying for this 
war, when you come right down to it. The wealthy don't only get to 
avoid the fighting and dying. They also get to avoid having to pay 
for it in Bush's America.

I'd go into this some more, but as it is, I'm probably going to be 
racing down to the Philadelphia main post office tonight to file my 
taxes before midnight.

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