In with the cell phone bill was an ad. These usually go straight to the cylindrical file, but the screaming headline, "Tax On Talk!" caught my eye. Here's the text:
The Spanish-American War ended 107 years ago - so why are you still paying a 3% monthly excise tax to help fund it?
In 1898, President McKinley imposed the Federal Excise Tax law, or "Tax on Talk". It was supposed to be a TEMPORARY "luxury tax" on the very wealthy - who were the only ones that had phones at the time.
But a grassroots move is underway to wipe out this unfair and outrageous tax!
There are bills now in Congress to repeal this outdated and unfair tax - and we need your help!!
Two things come to mind:
- There is nothing quite so permanent as a temporary tax
- Today's luxury is tomorrow's common staple
There is an online petition that foes of this tax can sign.