In case you haven't heard, Disney just bought the rights to Star Wars and a new installment in the franchise is tentatively scheduled for 2015.
There are a few ways to run the numbers (and I'm far from being an accounts wonk). But the way I figure it, if every American paid a mere $5 Disney would get its money back for their recent of Star Wars (plus a small, initial profit).
Even without a new Star Wars movie installment, the franchise is anticipated to earn more than $100 million per year in royalties - making Disney's investment worthwhile.
Of course, many Americans are children or have no income. These folks can't be expected to pay $5 along with the rest of us. So I guess the rest of us should probably be willing to pay closer to $10 to compensate.
In an election year, it's natural for at least a part of the country to be unusually disagreeable to any new proposed tax - even a nominal, one time tax of $10. But most Americans don't dispute the concept of taxes out of hand. When people disagree with taxation, it's usually because they don't have direct control over how their tax dollars are spent. If Americans could be guaranteed 100% of a one time tax went directly to the cause, opposition would give way to collective interest.
I hope everyone reading this will take the time to write their representatives in Washington to ask for a bill to avert the coming crisis before it occurs. Production on the new film may have even already begun. We can't afford to delay on this.