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Beto Unveils New 'War Tax' That Would Tax Non-Military Families
Townhall.com ^ | June 24, 2019 | Victoria Marshall

Posted on 06/24/2019 9:07:33 AM PDT by Kaslin

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke released his new proposal to tax non-military families via Twitter on Monday.

O’Rourke’s “war tax” would require American families who make over $200,000 a year to pay $1,000 for each war embarked on by the United States. Military families would be exempt from the tax.

The tax “would serve as a reminder of the incredible sacrifice made by those who serve and their families,” the proposal reads. It does not specify the types of military engagement that would constitute a war under the tax.

Funds from the "war tax" would be deposited into a veteran's health care trust fund.

O’Rourke, who served on the House Armed Services and Veterans’ Affairs committees, introduced the tax under his comprehensive plan for veterans entitled “Caring For Our Nation’s Veterans.” Other parts of the presidential hopeful’s plan include ending both wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, establishing a veteran’s health care trust fund for every war the United States enters, modernizing the VA, addressing mental health, ensuring equal treatment of women and LGBTQ+ veterans, and preventing veteran homelessness.

In his tweet announcing his plan, O’Rourke said that “This country must be willing to pay any price and bear any burden to provide the full care, support, and resources to every single veteran who served every single one of us.”

This country must be willing to pay any price and bear any burden to provide the full care, support, and resources to every single veteran who served every single one of us.

My new plan will ensure that we finally do.

Take a look: https://t.co/Ym9wIkwE5b— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) June 24, 2019

O'Rourke's proposal comes after he has been lagging in the polls in recent weeks. He currently receives 4 percent support among likely Democratic primary voters.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: 2020campaign; 2020demonrars; 2020election; 2020preselection; 2020primary; beto2point0; betoorourke; demonrats; demonrats2020; juliancastro; sheilajacksonlee; texas; veterans; veteransadmin; veteransaffairs; war
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1 posted on 06/24/2019 9:07:33 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Great idea.

Along with that, bring back the draft. No deferments.

One way to end endless wars is to make sure EVERYONE ends up in the fight.

Yea, yea, I know...volunteer military better then having problem people in mil. But you know, it ain’t fair. And even this plan resembles the old practice of paying others to serve your comittment, something that happened in the War Between the States.

Just put everyone in the game, then we’ll see how they like it.


2 posted on 06/24/2019 9:11:12 AM PDT by Regulator
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To: Kaslin

How about, if we are taken to war, each member of Congress loses their salary until the war is over?


3 posted on 06/24/2019 9:11:29 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Trump is President and CEO of America, Inc.)
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To: Kaslin

The Left is SOOOOOOOOO bummed that it hasn’t been able to get a good anti-war protest movement going since 1975.


4 posted on 06/24/2019 9:11:45 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog (Patrick Henry would have been an anti-vaxxer.)
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To: Kaslin

How about an illegal invaders surcharge on every democrat?


5 posted on 06/24/2019 9:11:47 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with islamic terrorists - they want to die for allah and we want to kill them.)
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To: Kaslin

How is he going to define “military family”? How will they administer the new taxes to be collected?

I think this is just a futile attempt to court the “military” vote, which generally would not be favorable for someone like Beto.


6 posted on 06/24/2019 9:14:01 AM PDT by NEMDF
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To: Kaslin

I’ve got a much better idea: Tax self described “progressives” 50% of their income. They certainly shouldn’t mind since government does many things that they like.


7 posted on 06/24/2019 9:15:13 AM PDT by Rurudyne (Standup Philosopher)
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To: Kaslin

Same old tired crap from the DemocRAT playbook. RAISE TAXES. Keep it up Beto.


8 posted on 06/24/2019 9:15:30 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: Regulator

So the solution is to draft people, which will require more money to train, house, feed, and cloth them.

To do what? Teach them a lesson for having a military...by having a military full of draftees that have nothing to actually do?


9 posted on 06/24/2019 9:15:32 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: Kaslin

O’Rourke’s “war tax” would require American families who make over $200,000 a year to pay $1,000 for each war embarked on by the United States.

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Tiny little problem. When’s the last time Congress actually declared war on another country?


10 posted on 06/24/2019 9:17:24 AM PDT by Flick Lives (CNN is not healthy for children and other living things)
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To: Kaslin

Is Billionheiress Beto exempted from this tax?


11 posted on 06/24/2019 9:17:47 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Denounce DUAC - The Democrats Un-American Activists Committee)
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To: Kaslin

That is not only unfair, but manifestly moronic.


12 posted on 06/24/2019 9:18:21 AM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: All

Our tax dollars already go to paying for the military.


13 posted on 06/24/2019 9:18:32 AM PDT by escapefromboston (Free Assange)
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To: Kaslin

Is congress exempt. More taxes lol, surprise.


14 posted on 06/24/2019 9:18:33 AM PDT by momincombatboots (Do you know anyone who isn’t a socialist after 65? Freedom exchanged for cash and control.)
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To: NEMDF

I’ll make it short. He is an idiot who doesn’t know what he is talking about.


15 posted on 06/24/2019 9:18:52 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Flick Lives

“Tiny little problem. When’s the last time Congress actually declared war on another country?”

Hillarious. Good point. Missing in Beto’s tiny brain.


16 posted on 06/24/2019 9:19:47 AM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: Kaslin
O’Rourke’s “war tax” would require American families who make over $200,000 a year to pay $1,000 for each war embarked on by the United States.

I'm guessing that more of his perfumed princes and princesses make over $200K annually than ours. I'm guessing that even fewer of them have a family member in the military.

17 posted on 06/24/2019 9:20:12 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (The politicized state destroys all aspects of civil society, human kindness and private charity.)
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To: Flick Lives

So! There is plenty of money to buy munitions from the military industrial complex when we decide where next to lose a war. How about no taxes for war, unless someone actually invades us. (As is happening on our southern border.)


18 posted on 06/24/2019 9:20:44 AM PDT by erkelly
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To: Kaslin

First they come for you...


19 posted on 06/24/2019 9:21:31 AM PDT by Innovative
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To: Regulator

A great idea? No its a ridiculous idea, that won’t work


20 posted on 06/24/2019 9:21:39 AM PDT by Kaslin
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