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When Should Republicans Force the Big Fight on Spending?

jay_p Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 11:44 AM
Cut the military budget by at least half and start taxing churches. This will help the problem. Republicans love funding the military industrial complex instead of investing in solving problems like our outdated infrastructure and crumbling roads. By doing this you also put people to work who might have been employed by the military because they didn't know what to do with their life. Churches are political mouthpieces and they deserve to be taxed. I know, I grew up in the Baptist church. Yikes.
D G Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 12:22 PM
Instead of churches ......

Tax unions and the AARP!
DB07 Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 12:05 PM
Start taxing churches? Any idea how much revenue that'll bring? I'm thinking about a rounding error of revenue. How about all the other non-profits? And being non-profits, what do you tax?
FranksNBeans Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 12:06 PM
Jay_P is just anti-military and anti-religion.
DB07 Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 12:10 PM
I sense that he is, frank, but I'm open to useful ideas. Taxing churches seems a little like spitting in the wind to me, and that's even if you ignore the negative effects of taxing them.

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