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Federal Government Acknowledges End of Spanish-American War

Yes, we know, the Spanish-American War began and ended in 1898. However, the telephone tax, which Congress passed to pay for the war has continued to this day, as explained in this 1999 issue brief produced by the National Taxpayers Union Foundation. However, according to John Berthoud, NTU President, in this May 25, 2006 NTU press release, “Americans will be thrilled to learn that the Treasury has finally chosen to wind down the government’s unseemly game of dialing for tax dollars.”

Would Benjamin Franklin now be willing to modify his famous saying, “In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes?”