Beto O’Rourke Proposes ‘War Tax’ On Everyone Who Hasn’t Served In The Military

The Federalist | 6/25/2019 | Tristan Justice
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Are neither you nor a family member a current or former member of the U.S. armed forces? There might be a tax for that. 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke proposed a “war tax” Monday as part of the former Texas congressman’s plan to support veterans and spread the burden of military conflict.

O’Rourke’s “war tax” is part of the candidate’s new plan to provide better services to the nation’s veterans and to end the “Forever Wars” in the Middle East.

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“The time has come to cancel the blank check for endless war and to ensure that any future engagements are the result of a national conversation about our security interests and duly authorized by Congress,” O’Rourke’s plan states.

The new tax, according to O’Rourke, would apply to households that lack either current or former members of the military. Qualifying households with an income below $30,000 a year would pay $25, and those making under $40,000 annually would pay $57. Households with an income below $50,000 would pay $98, those making less than $75,000 would pay $164 and those under $100,000 would pay $270. Households making less than $200,000 would pay $485 and those making above $200,000 would pay $1,000.

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If enacted by Congress, revenue generated by the tax would be deposited into a new “Veterans Health Care Trust Fund” O’Rourke claims would provide better veteran health care for each war that the United States engages.

O’Rourke has proposed the war tax before, introducing similar legislation while serving in the House in 2016 and 2017. O’Rourke served on the House’s Veterans’ Affairs Committee and made veteran care a focus of his time in Congress. His west Texas congressional district is home to Fort Bliss, a large U.S. Army base.

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Other prominent political players have also previously supported the idea...
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