It’s The ‘Terror Tax,’ Not The Patriot Act, That Is The Problem

September 13, 2006

Life isn’t so complicated.

There area couple of millions of Muslims in America, a small number of whom are terrorists or terrorist sympathizers who would willingly aid terrorists. There are a handful of McVeigh-type whackjobs, too.

Added security costs, in the form of the Office of Homeland Security and other agency budgets directly related to post 9/11, are well in excess of 250 billion dollars per year.

And that’s just in America. Total European and world expenditures are many times that amount.

Imagine what good could be done if we didn’t have to spend that money.

Of course, there are other ‘terror taxes.’

Any country or city that wishes to host an Olympic Games has to factor in added security costs of Olympic proportions. That cost is passed on, in the form of higher ticket prices. Want to go to the Super Bowl or other major events? Forget about bringing in water bottles, sandwiches or other food items. Now, you’ll have to buy those refreshments at inflated prices at stadium prices.

Arrive at the airport a few minutes late, and you aren’t going anywhere. There may be ways for you to spend your time more productively, but in the end, you are going to be standing in line, subject to ever increasing security checks.

OK, so you don’t fly much, you say, so that kind of ‘terror tax’ doesn’t really affect you?

Suppose you are in traffic, near the airport, when a security alert is called. Traffic is tied up for miles- and hours.

Suppose you need to call the police to report a crime- and find out the response will be a bit longer than you’d like because there are terror threats against Jewish schools or synagogues, or because police are investigating cemetery desecrations.

Still don’t get it?

Office cleaning crews don’t want to work in tall buildings any more. Tall buildings and the people in them, may be terror targets. The fact is, even not so tall buildings, around the tall buildings, are targets, too.

In August, the additional dollar cost for dealing with already costly airport security in the United Kingdom was in excess of 24 million dollars. That’s for one month.

Students, business people, service people and tourists all take public transportation, like they do in Madrid.

Terrorists don’t give a damn about who they kill or how many they kill. They don’t care when they kill their own and they certainly don’t care when anyone else is rendered into ‘pink mist.’

Terror isn’t going away- and neither will the ‘terror tax.’ Unless and until we recognize that it is the terror tax and what that really represents, and not the Patriot Act, that is the problem.

Some things really are that simple.

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3 Responses to “It’s The ‘Terror Tax,’ Not The Patriot Act, That Is The Problem”

  1. Tim Says:

    Hey, I like the change to your template, it’s easier on the eyes.

  2. Fausta Says:

    The costs you list are the costs incurred by the countries that are the terrorists’ targets.

    The Economist had an article a couple of years ago on the cost-effectiveness of suicide attacks, which concluded that Terrorists have embraced suicide attacks mainly for their advantages in this world, rather than their rewards in the next.

    Now, imagine if all that work had gone into building, rather than destroying, what the world situation would be like.

  3. Gagdad Bob Says:

    I call it “psychodollars.”

    “Your Psychodollars at Work and the Tax on Liberal Fantasy”:

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