Itemize many hidden costs, not just the effect of Obamacare on omelets

| November 14, 2012 | 1 Reply

John Metz, owner of many Denny’s restaurants has decided to “add a 5 percent surcharge to customers’ bills to offset what he said are the increased costs of Obamacare, along with reducing his employees’ hours.”

Fair enough. I don’t like the idea of obscuring costs that I don’t really approve of. Therefore, Mr. Metz, go ahead. But let’s also start itemizing the costs of America’s Warmongering. Every week the government should send each of the 140 Million tax payers, reminding them that: “This week, $14 of your money went to maintaining the war in Afghanistan.” At the end of each year, the government should send each taxpayer (and there are about 140,000,000 of them in the U.S.) a tax statement indicating that “$743 of your money was spent to fight the war in Afghanistan.”

The next logical step is to offer each tax payer an option: Would you like to pay $743 to the Afghanistan War Fun next year, or would you like us to send you a check for $743 to spend however you’d like?” Of course, 95% of Americans would ask for $743 and the so-called war in Afghanistan would be over.

But why stop there? The United States spends about $1.2 trillion per year on all of its war-related expenses. I call it the “warmongering budget,” because most of it is related to weapons of discretion and wars of discretion. When you divide 1.2 trillion by 140,000,000 taxpayers, you get $8,571.00. Imagine if our Department of War (it’s no longer the “Defense Department”) had to go door to door to collect the money it blows through (it spends $600,000,000 per working hour, assuming a 2,000 hour year). “Excuse me, ma’am. Would you like to give us $8,571 this year to blow up poor desert people? We could arrange that in 12 easy installments of $714 each . . . “

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich and his wife, Anne Jay, live in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where they are raising their two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. grumpypilgrim says:

    Some folks, like Denny’s Metz, see only the hidden “costs” while ignoring the hidden gains. Like, less employee downtime for illness, because they have access to preventive healthcare. Like, happier, healthier employees (who treat customers better), because they have access to affordable healthcare. Like, lower employee insurance costs (including worker’s comp), because employees are healthier and less likely to be injured on the job. The list goes on.

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