While going through several history pages on Wikipedia I ended up at the Spanish-American War of 1898. I don’t really know why I ended up there.
What I found out was how the United States managed to fund this four month war: by passing an excise tax on long-distance phone services. It worked, because only the wealthy could afford a phone and the ability to call long-distance. While the tax was originally 1 cent per call, it grew to 3% of people’s communication bills… in 1914, already sixteen years after the short war ended. Maybe it seemed like a way to finance the impending doom of WW1?
The tax was finally repealed in 2006, 108 years after the Spanish-American War. Just a year before in January of 2005, a bill was sent through the House of Representative to extend the tax through all new digital communications services. What the hell.
…В России нет государства. Это территория, оккупированная горсткой преступников. В России живет 141 миллион нормальных, работящих, щедрых, умных, порядочных людей. И миллион преступников, которые все разрушают. А государства никакого нет…
Грустная правда. И половина из них бывшие члены КГБ, как Путин.
Perry’s flirtations with neo-Confederate organizations and symbols — ably documented by Justin Elliott — are so extraordinarily reprehensible that it should immediately and permanently disqualify him from being taken seriously for national office. The Confederacy was not a bunch of generally well-meaning dudes who went a little too far, it was a gang of racist traitors who launched a bloody war to defend a monstrously unjust institution. Having neo-Confederate sympathies in America should be equivalent to supporting the reconstituted Fascist party in Italy, or worse. It should not be considered something that 50 percent of the nation should be willing to look past, or even embrace.
And if that embracing happens it’ll be in part because of a press that won’t explicitly describe a disgusting sentimental attachment to a racist, brutal regime of oppression as anything other than an acceptable ploy to pick up Southern white support.