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    When a person or business enjoys any form of government granted monopoly or privilege, let's require them to pay the full annual value off the privilege, independent of 'income'.  It is through these privileges and monopolies that the truly wealthy become rich, and stay rich.  

    Note that their monopoly advantages come at everyone else's expense and are enforced by government.  Has there been anything more begging to be taxed fully than monopoly privilege?

    Want to pollute?  Pay the rest of us for the damage in taxes.
    What exclusive mineral rights?  No one created the earth so pay us for our equal right.
    Want a zillion frivolous patents?  Pay an annual tax.
    Want to hold valuable urban land?  Pay the city for all of that socially created value.
    Want to jam the roads in our cities?  Pay for the real estate you are monopolizing.  

    As we raise more money from monopoly privileges we can peel people off the income and wage taxes from the bottom up.  The ones really mooching off of government power are the 1%.  Actually it more like the 0.01% and listen to them howl if we had a tax system that actually hit their source of enduring power.

    The Long War is not on Iraq, Afghanistan, or Iran. It is on the American people.

    by Geonomist on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 05:59:57 PM PST

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