Back in 1982, after witnessing a million people protest nuclear weapons in New York's Central Park, then-U.S. Secretary of State Alexander Haig said: "Let them march all they want, as long as they continue to pay their taxes."
That's a very practical way of looking at things, isn't it?
Well. It's true that I don't want to support U.S. imperialism, which of course includes imperialist wars. It's also true that the U.S. government needs lots and lots of money to pay for imperialist wars. And I do feel sick to my stomach that over 40% of the taxes that I pay (yes, I pay taxes) are being used to buy bullets to shoot people with, and for bombs and such. I don't want to pay for this kind of thing. So I've been looking for options.
Here are some links to information I've found so far:
It would be great if us taxpayers got to choose where to send our tax dollars. Like, "divert all my money from the military and war spending and spend it on building houses for homeless people and cleaning up the environment instead". Okay, maybe there'd be 'too much' money for the environment and not enough money for fixing pot holes in the roads, but overall I think that's a minor problem compared to our very expensive addiction to death-culture.
What do you think? I'm not an economist but the idea of a war tax boycott sounds reasonable to me.
Posted by Kim.