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What The Media Tell Americans About Free Enterprise
 

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November 1998

 

Kudos

"The Fleecing of America," an excellent regular segment on NBC Nightly News, usually focuses on how government spending programs waste money. On November 4, the network devoted that dayís edition of "Fleecing" to a hidden tax that many Americans may not even know they pay.

"At a time when a telephone of some kind seems to be a permanent attachment to the hands of every American, you may be surprised to know your friendly tax collector thinks itís a luxury," Tom Brokaw said, introducing the report about taxes on phone calls. "You think the phone is a necessity?" correspondent Fred Francis then asked viewers. "The government says itís a sin, which is really an excuse to hit you with an extra tax, a so-called sin tax." According to Francis, "The tax began in 1898 to finance the war effort with Spain. There were only 3 million phones then. They were expensive, a luxury. It was supposed to be temporary, but today itís permanent ó three percent of every bill." Francis noted that this "cost taxpayers last year $5 billion alone."

Kudos to Francis for telling viewers of a hidden way that the government fleeces Americans.

ó Rich Noyes

 

 

 

 

 


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