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Thu Nov 8, 2018, 12:11 PM

How to fix infrastructure


https://ethicsalarms.com/2010/07/19/blame-everyone-for-infrastructure-ruin-unethical-irresponsible-priorities-from-reagan-to-obama/


The estimated trillion dollars was just roads and bridges in 1987. I would go beyond that and include public buildings like crumbling schools in places like Baltimore (where many don't have heat) and water works (see Flint, MI)
How would I pay for it? The tax increases should be moderate and spread throughout the economy. I would propose:
a penny per share/per stock transaction.
a ten percent tax (at the point of manufacture) on cosmetics, video games, and sports gear.
Of course, the problem is how to keep various congress members from funding various "pork projects" and bullshit with the funds. That I haven't worked that out yet.

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Response to 357blackhawk (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 12:14 PM

1. I think a 10%tax on cash sent out of country would cover it.

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Response to DDKick (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 12:16 PM

2. We'll include that once the

wall is built.

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Response to 357blackhawk (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 12:19 PM

3. Cosmetics, video games and sports gear? WTF?



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Response to Hamer555 (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 12:36 PM

4. I picked them at random,

and that they are commonly used. It is also a "spread the wealth/cost" scheme. The idea is based on the Pittman-Robertson tax on guns and ammunition (since amended to include archery) that pays for endangered specie recovery, habitat restoration etc.
FWIW, the Robertson was the televangalist's father.

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Response to 357blackhawk (Reply #4)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 12:45 PM

5. Given that the topic is infrastructure repair and restoration

Wouldn't taxing the things that directly relate to infrastructure use, like airline tickets, new and used car sales, water gas and phone service etc.for example, make more sense?


Just not sure how cosmetics, sports gear and video games come into a discussion on infrastructure.
The example you cite as being taxed is at least somewhat related to where the funds raised are being spent.

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Response to Independent.mind (Reply #5)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 01:06 PM

7. He's a damned Commie

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Response to Independent.mind (Reply #5)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 02:42 PM

8. water, gas, and phone are

necessaries. Gas is already taxed the shit out, and affects people's ability to work. As for phones, we are still paying for the Spanish American War with that tax.

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Response to 357blackhawk (Reply #8)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 02:57 PM

10. I understand what you are saying and maybe utilities, other than phone, isn't the right mix

but taxing things unrelated to the where the money being spent is a non-starter for me.
I actually meant natural gas and propane when I said "gas", should have been more specific but it doesn't really change anything.

Possibly redirect some or all of that telcom tax you referenced would be an idea.

Adding an infrastructure tax to airline tickets would be something I would consider.
I have seen various discussions adding tolls to the hi way system or privatizing things like roads but I don't favor those ideas either.

What about redirecting funds raised with the tariffs on imports and earmarking it for infrastructure?
The materials and products coming in have to me moved around the country for distribution and inflict wear and tear on parts of the infrastructure like roads, bridges, railways, sea ports and airports?

Just spit-balling some thoughts here.

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Response to 357blackhawk (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 12:53 PM

6. 1. Create taxes directly associate with infrastructure 2. Don't STEAL #1 for pet liberal causes

California infrastructure used to be the envy of the nation -- even WORLD -- in the 1970s.

They had at the time HUGE gasoline taxes compared to the rest of the country. And they were designated and used for infrastructure.

THEN the liberals realized no one gets elected on good roads, which are the least sexy things in the universe. These liberals, who wanted to buy votes COMBINED with their need to "do good" with OPM, raided the treasury and stole every damn dime of infrastructure $ to use for colostomy bags for illegals. Then these same liberals went
to bed thinking "what a WONDERFUL PERSON AM I?" for their evil theft.

Then decades go by, everything starts to fall apart, liberals who are now in control, come back and point to the now-crumbling infrastructure and say "please, taxpayers, can we have more?"

Rinse, repeat.

Want proof? California.

liberals destroy everything they touch.

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Response to freedumb2003 (Reply #6)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 02:45 PM

9. Want the urban centers voting Republican?

Crack down on gang violence? My plan, school choice, and getting rid of zoning ordnances that ban mixed business and residential.
That and remove the disincentives for work and two parent families in the social safety net.

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Response to 357blackhawk (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 06:15 AM

11. The elite will never allow a luxury tax

Taxes on food and medicine have a better chance.

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Response to rampartb (Reply #11)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 06:40 AM

13. the elite don't play video games

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Response to 357blackhawk (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 06:39 AM

12. A penny per share/per stock tranasction would be disasterous.

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