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QOTD: "...let’s hope the Speaker and the rest of the Republican negotiators are smart enough to propose revenue increases that will hurt liberals the most. Start by taxing the ever-loving crap out of Hollywood. I’ve suggested this before, and the esteemed Instapundit, Glenn Reynolds, was on the same wavelength last August when he suggested bringing back the 20 percent excise tax on motion picture gross revenue from the 1950s.

“The movie excise tax was imposed in response to the high deficits after World War Two,” Reynolds recalled. ”Deficits are high again, and there’s already historical precedent. Of course, to keep up with technology, the tax should now apply to DVDs, downloadable movies, pay-per-view and the like. But in these financially perilous times, why should movie stars and studio moguls, with their yachts, swimming pools and private jets, not at least shoulder the burden they carried back in Harry Truman’s day – when, to be honest, movies were better anyway.”

As Reynolds noted, one side effect of such proposals is that it causes far-Left Hollywood types to suddenly begin babbling about the depressing effects of high tax rates upon economic growth, as though they had been suddenly possessed by the ghost of Milton Friedman. That’s fun even if the tax proposals end up getting defeated. Especially now that we have YouTube to disseminate and immortalize their panicked bursts of “trickle-down economic” wisdom." --John Hayward
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Such a forward thinking article.

Why should Big Hollywood get tax loopholes and help?

Better yet, let's pilot test a Value Added Tax, or VAT where it come to entertainment. At every stage of a motion picture....from writing a script, to editing, to auditions, to signing actors, to getting investors, to delivering the reel to movie theaters...let's add a tax to each part of it.

JediG
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Quoted: The movie excise tax was imposed in response to the high deficits after World War Two,” Reynolds recalled. ”Deficits are high again, and there’s already historical precedent. Of course, to keep up with technology, the tax should now apply to DVDs, downloadable movies, pay-per-view and the like. But in these financially perilous times, why should movie stars and studio moguls, with their yachts, swimming pools and private jets, not at least shoulder the burden they carried back in Harry Truman’s day – when, to be honest, movies were better anyway.

This is a great idea, and one which Republican legislators have perhaps not thought of. I shall write to my Republican representative(s) in the House and suggest it.
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If anyone else wants to write to their representatives, you can email them.

http://www.house.gov/representatives
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Your representatives have already made the deal with Obama.

It's done.

Let em posture a little bit. Let 2016 hopefuls pretend they are against the deal.

But the deal was made.



JediG
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What features, in your opinion, constitute the deal?
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