Beto’s War Tax is a Bomb
Beto’s War Tax is a Bomb
When Beto isn’t oversharing his personal hygiene experiences, he’s on the campaign trail talking up his divisive, and ineffective, War Tax plan. His idea of taxing Americans who don’t have a family member in the Military highlights his failure to appreciate the culture of those who serve, as well as the divisive history of wealthy versus poor serving in the Armed Forces.
Monday, before attending a Veteran’s round table discussion, Beto announced a planned “War Tax” to help fund services for Veterans, from CNN.
Money collected through the “war tax” — which he is proposing for future wars — would go into a new trust fund for veterans established at the outset of each war.Households making less than $30,000 per year would pay $25; those making less than $40,000 would pay $57; those making less than $50,000 would pay $98; those making less than $75,000 would pay $164; those making less than $100,000 would pay $270; those making less than $200,000 would pay $485; and those making more than $200,000 would pay $1,000.
This fires me up in ways most people can’t understand.
If Beto had any recollection of history beyond last week, he’d understand that the concept of paying to “avoid” military service isn’t new. The ability of the affluent to bypass the draft is the topic of political campaigns over the last two decades. Tales of exemptions for college (something that was until recently only available to the “wealthy”) or payments to the draft board so as to be deemed unfit “flat feet” are rampant in politics. Lest we forget that the wealthy could pay the poor to fight in their place. From a history of Civil War era,
In 1863, when President Lincoln called for 300,000 troops, every congressional district in the North had to meet their quota. If you were healthy and were among those called, you had several options provided by federal law: pay a substitute to take your place; pay a commutation fee of $300, enabling you to avoid service; or join the fight.”
Here we have a candidate with a background of private prep schools, and wealth, talking about levying a “War Tax” on those who don’t have a family member in military service. How is this different from what was previously done? It’s not. Non Veteran citizens are paying a tax in lieu of serving in the Military. On top of taxes we all already pay to fund the Military and the VA system.
This smacks of ignorance about the history of serving in America’s Armed Forces. A history where the rally cry was “a rich man’s war, and a poor man’s fight.” But a little money solves everything through the eyes of a Democrat. Especially when it’s other people’s money.
The idea that those who serve do so because they lack alternatives is rampant in elitist circles, and this tax reinforces that belief. I paraphrase a comment from a certain liberal “perky” nationally syndicated AM talk show host – He went to Harvard… why would he go into the Military? He has so many options.
Excuse me?! This sums up a shared, and incorrect, assumption of the people who join today’s military. Including those who attend the highly competitive Military Academies, the modern service member is better educated than the average US Citizen. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics,
The modern military members are graduates of competitive universities, hold advanced degrees, and technical speciality certifications. My Marine holds an Undergrad from DUKE and two Master’s Degrees. His peers are graduates of Harvard, USNA, USMMA, and other highly selective institutions. Commonly lauded as the “crayon eaters” of the Armed Forces, senior Marines who want promotion are required to continue their education. Those who leave service often use their GI Bill as a way to build a career through college or technical schools. The perception of an uneducated force is flat out wrong.
But of course Beto is coming to the rescue with his asinine plan to further marginalize citizens (insert sarcasm) “who had no alternative to joining the Armed Forces.”
Beto missed the primary reason people join the modern military. They WANT to serve. There is a desire to be part of something bigger than oneself, and to make a difference. It’s a volunteer force, and the military turns away people who don’t meet the qualification for entry. America’s modern warfighter is smart, physically fit, and for the most part an excellent example of citizen-solder. Families are proud of their Service Member, and many of those families are solidly middle class.
Often, service is part of a family’s military legacy. I can’t count the number of my peers with children that are now enlisted or commissioned into military service. It seems my social media is filled with pictures of a parent swearing in their child. Or in this case, flying together.
For some in America, the family business is politics. For others it’s military service. When we are fortunate, the jobs cross over, and we have politicians with first hand experience beside the citizens who serve in our military. They become politicians who know the true cost borne by the families of those who serve. They know it’s higher than a $2000 tax.
Beto launched this terrible idea BEFORE talking to Veterans. But of course, his time on the HASC prepared him for exactly how to fix the broken system.
If Beto really wants to fix the system, without adding an divisive tax, he should do the following, and then some:
A few examples of questions Beto’s plan leaves unanswered:
Beto’s “War Tax” is pandering in the way the reparations plan panders to minorities. Fixing the programs already funded by taxes is a better way to help Service Members and Veterans. After 6 years on military specific committees Beto should know better.
As the wife to a 28 year Active Duty Marine Aviator, with a good number of his over 3,000 flight hours served in combat theater, I know he deserves better. Fix the system with the funding in place. Don’t further divide the citizens by forcing a tax on those who choose not to serve. Congress controls funding, if Beto couldn’t do it while he served on the HASC, why does he think I believe him capable as POTUS? Oh, I don’t.
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