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Raise taxes to fight wars or don’t fight them

Comment 6th July 2010

If a government decides to war, and that war comes to a vote in Parliament, that vote would have to include a measure to increase taxes to fund the war. Perhaps add a penny to the basic rate of income tax if they wanted war.

Why does this matter?

1. Governments seem to have too much of a carte blanche to go to war. If they had to raise taxes if they wanted to go to war, then they'd be more scared of public opinion and so only fight wars when they are absolutely necessary.

 

2. All wars would be properly paid for, and not out of the deficit. We don't want to end up like the US with gigantic unfunded perpetual wars.

 

3. When a war was over, there would have to be a tax cut.


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