Of course we'll use the money only for the intended purpose
Posted by aogSunday, 05 October 2003 at 12:35 TrackBack Ping URL

Amygdala cites approvingly Thomas Friedman, who thinks we should have a gasoline tax to pay for reconstructing Iraq. I have to say that I think it’s a dumb idea even for a NY Times editorial (although it’s in the right paradigm). The best argument against it is of course that no longer perennial favorite, the “phone tax from the Spanish-American War”:http://www.cse.org/newsroom/press_template.php/105.htm which only took 102 years to be repealed. I have to suspect that those proposing this are more concerned about generating a long term revenue stream for the federal government than paying for Iraqi reconstruction. So count me a cynical opponent.