Leo Webster: No hurray for Hollywood

January 1, 2013 

No hurray for Hollywood

Since the liberals in Hollywood support Obama’s tax-the-wealthy mandate, we should immediately reinstate the 20 percent excise tax on motion picture theater gross revenues that existed between the end of World War II and its repeal in the mid-1950s. This movie excise tax was imposed in response to the high deficits after World War II to reduce the national debt.

With the enormous deficit under this administration and the historical precedent of such a tax, we should use this revenue source to again reduce the debt. This would also apply to today’s technology advances and apply to DVDs, downloadable movies, pay-per-view and the like.

In these financially perilous times, why should movie stars and studio moguls, with their yachts, swimming pools and private jets, not at least shoulder the burden they carried back in the days of Harry Truman? We should also levy an additional tax on violent movies that glorify violent graphic deaths and lead to the violence we see in our cities.

Leo Webster


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