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If it Falls, Tax It

April 18th, 2013 - 12:37 pm

There is nothing — nothing — this Administration won’t try to tax the bejeebus out of. For yet another example, let’s go to the U.S. Parachute Association, courtesy of my friend Ed Lambert:

On April 11, one day after President Obama unveiled his 2014 budget containing a new $100 per flight user fee, USPA wrote to the president explaining how such a fee would devastate businesses that operate skydiving airplanes. The new fee would apply to each flight by a turbine aircraft in controlled airspace. “It is clear that no one within the administration understands that turbine jump planes routinely make up to 25 flights per day. An operator with one turbine airplane could pay $2,500 each day in user fees; an operator with two aircraft could pay $5,000 each day,” said Ed Scott, USPA’s Executive Director. USPA pointed out that those same operators already pay between $158 and $263 per aircraft per day in federal fuel taxes on jet fuel. USPA described a new user fee as “inequitable, duplicative and (requiring) a new, costly bureaucratic process to assess and collect the fee.” USPA requested that the president withdraw his aviation user fee proposal.

What industry do you think Obama will try to destroy next week?

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Please, even the D party guys aren't considering Obambams budget as anything seriously worth considering.
50 weeks ago
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Saying that they are trying to destroy this industry gives them too much credit. The problem is that they are stupid and pazy.

We all know they were thinking of major airlines flying jets cross country. They figured this tax would add a couple three dollars to your average plane ticket. No big deal.

They forgot that most planes are small, owned by people far from rich to make short trips. Drop planes might be able to absorb the tax by adding $25 to the cost of each jump, but what about glider tow planes? Talk about killing an industry!

And they didn't ask anybody who knew what they were talking about. Not because they wanted to destroy recreational and small business flight operations, but because they are stupid and lazy.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
These guys learned nothing from the "yacht tax" back in the 90's:

Yeah, rich guys own yachts, let's put a big tax on yachts.
OOPs, just killed the boat building industry in the US.

In reality, Obama's budget is DOA on the Hill. The Senate and the House both have budgets that they are going to work on in reconciliation. Both sides are ignoring the man behind the curtain up in the White House.

They are going to throw a budget on "O"s desk that will be a bitter pill, and dare him to veto it. He'll sign it by autopen from a golf course.

The duck couldn't be any lamer.
1 year ago
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I use a rescue inhaler for my asthma. Rescue inhalers are medical devices. Dear Liar has found a way to tax me for having the audacity of wanting to breathe.

I bet blogging will be next.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment

Count your blessings. They're flailing around, trying to find taxes that they think nobody will notice. If they thought the public would stand for it, they wouldn't bother with this nickle-and-dime stuff. They'd just take your 401k.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
already working to take anything over 3 million and i have long expected a 100% death tax on any "tax advantaged" holdings.
1 year ago
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Once the nickel and dime stuff runs dry, then what?

The problem isn't that they think no one will notice, they don't realize their quest for revenue has impact beyond taxes coming into the treasury. To them, the economy is a machine with knobs they can turn to get the desired result. It isn't. It's an organic system where each change effects the entire whole is some way.
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