temporary taxes really are temporary

Contrary to popular belief, when the government creates a tax (or toll road) and says the tax will only be temporary, you can rest assured that claim will in fact be honored.

Just define “temporary” relative to the age of the Universe.

For example, yesterday Wireless Users No Longer Charged Federal Excise Tax:

The United States Treasury has made a decision to abandon its legal dispute over the federal excise tax (FET) on long-distance telephone service. This 108-year-old FET was instituted in 1898 to finance the Spanish-American War and adds 3 percent to the monthly bill of every wireless user in America. To date, that number exceeds 214 million estimated subscribers.

See? Temporary. I thought we were still fighting the Spanish-American War. Shows how much I know. So did we win?

[tags]wireless, taxes, spanish-american war[/tags]

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