Tax Bite Thursday


Among the marches, petitions and call-in campaigns that comprise much of the Trump resistance movement, one resistance tactic gets little attention: withholding taxes. As the US seems ready to slide into yet another Middle East war in Syria while preparing for massive cuts to government programs at home, what role does tax resistance play in opposing regressive and violent policies?

While being anti-tax is typically associated with conservatism, there is a small but longstanding tradition within the progressive movement of withholding taxes — specifically, war taxes.

How does tax resistance work, and does it result in a lack of support for government programs that most progressives support and would like to see grow? How much of our taxes go to war, the military and militarism anyway, and how much to worthy programs like education, aid for struggling families, the environment and more?

Paying income taxes may not usually spur introspection, but it might if Americans realized that, for example, they are working 27 days out of every year to pay taxes that support war profiteers. Most progressives and many on the right of the political spectrum would never willingly write a check to weapons contractors, or speak in support of weapons systems that will fuel tomorrow’s air strikes and drone attacks. If Lockheed Martin, the nation’s most prolific military contractor, were a store or coffee shop, many would boycott it. So why willingly give Lockheed $170 a year through taxes — which the average taxpayer now does?



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11 Responses to Tax Bite Thursday

  1. Den says:

    Worthless wars serve no one except the suppliers of the guns and bombs, we all know that, reining in suppliers is another story. Resistance is critical from taxpayers as well as military volunteers.


  2. David B. Benson says:

    Drip, drip, drip.


  3. David B. Benson says:

    Just 44 minutes to the Tokyo Seoul today after the rain stopped. A few small, loud birds; a tidings of magpies.


    • Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

      It rained here for awhile, got fairly dim and even stopped my internet satellite feed off and on, driving me nuts. I hustled some stuff out fo the garage just before it started raining and there was thunder. The thunder started before I left the kitchen when I was talking to Bob, and the same thunder kept rolling the entire time I went out to the garage, into the garage, then back to the house. Never heard a thunder last so long. I was starting to think maybe it was a plane, or North Korea sent some bombs our way, but it was just thunder. Longgggg thunder.


    • David B. Benson says:

      A slow 49 minutes back the same route. Some sun; a robin; a magpie and some other bird song. A daily total of 93 minutes.

      Day 5: 136+93=229 minutes.


  4. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    It’s completely cleared up out there, sun is shining, few clouds. I forgot to fill the bird feeders last night, and this morning. Poor birdies. I’ll get to it a little later. They can forage this afternoon.


  5. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    I put my old shoes on for my walk. Everything is wet, in my old shoes I may walk on the lawns and down the drive. I went out a few minutes ago and took care of the bird feeders AND I walked down to the road to get the mail. Now I won’t have to get it out of there in the dark, no jobs to do, just enjoy the birdsong.

    Oh! Three nests started behind three license plates I have resting in the molding above each garage door. They lean forward, easy for a bird to put a nest, even a sizable one like a robin’s. One may be a robin, she missed putting it on the dragon skull. The other two, don’t know what they may be. I’ve only ever had one bird family at a time on the garage patio. I’ve had house finches start a nest above a plate but they usually don’t finish it. I had one that laid 3 eggs then disappeared. Maybe the mom died and was unable to come back, I’ll never know.


  6. David B. Benson says:

    Home from the choral concert, somewhat longer than usual. Keadrin took a photo of me with her; she sings in the chorus as her second performance requirement. I’ll send it to Den soon.

    There were quite a few people, lots of older folk. All four groups did well; highly enjoyable.


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