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Let’s Tax Everything: The Flu Tax

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On April 26, 2013 @ 7:58 pm In The Point | 24 Comments

Aren’t you just sick and tired of all those lazy rich people who get flu shots instead of sneezing and wheezing their way through the flu like they should?

Why is the 1 percent living it up with their solid gold hypodermic needles and silk bandages, escaping the flu in their flu shelters without paying their fair share to subsidize the post office, green energy billionaires and single mothers with eight kids from different fathers?

While university students with degrees in Japanese LGBT Transwoman’s Literature have to work the register at Trader Joe’s, sneezing into their sustainable work aprons made out of recycled toilet paper, the fatcats are living flu free and laughing about it.

Is this just, I ask you. Is this fair? It is not, that is why the imaginary 99 percent is fighting back with a flu tax. It’s time to make the flu, and the people who refuse to have it, pay for their crimes against mother nature’s bacteria colonies. Finally kindergarten teachers, flight attendants and other 1 percent villains will have to pay for wanting to be flu-free in defiance of Gaia and Al Gore.

In February, identical bills were introduced in the House and Senate to add seasonal flu vaccines to the IRS code as taxable. The legislation would exact a 75¢ per dose tax on any “vaccine against seasonal influenza.” Given that the Centers for Disease Control projects that 135 million doses of flu vaccine will be used this year, the government’s take on flu vaccines alone is over $100,000,000 per year.

Along with taxes on other vaccines, this tax would fund the Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund.  The fund is a “no-fault alternative to the traditional tort system for resolving vaccine injury claims that provides compensation to people found to be injured by certain vaccines.”  However, the fund is by no means in the same kind of trouble that other government “trust funds” are.

The balance in the fund (as of November 2012) was more than $3.5 billion. Since the program’s inception in 1988, the fund has paid out only $2.5 billion in 25 years for cases involving all vaccines, not just the flu vaccine. This means the balance in the fund could conceivably last another 25 years with no further tax revenue.

That sounds fine, except the money doesn’t actually exist.

As is the case with all government “trust funds,” there is no cash set aside to pay out claims. According to the November 2012 report on the vaccine trust, the $3.5 billion balance is invested in “US Treasury Securities.” In other words, financing a portion of the $16.5 trillion national debt.

Translation, the money has been stolen. The money from the flu tax will also be stolen. We are being ruled by a government of thieves reduced to taxing flu shots to pay for a piece of their latest scam.


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