- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 27, 2012

Since the liberals in Hollywood support President Obama’s tax-the-wealthy mandate, we should immediately reinstate the 20 percent excise tax on motion picture theater gross revenues that existed from the end of World War II until the mid-1950s.

The movie excise tax was imposed in response to the high deficits after World War II and was meant to reduce the national debt. With the enormous deficit under the current administration and the historical precedent of such a tax, why shouldn’t we use this revenue source to again reduce the debt? The tax also could apply to modern entertainment technologies such as DVDs, downloaded movies and the like.

In these financially perilous times, why should movie stars and studio moguls — with their yachts, swimming pools and private jets — not shoulder at least some of the burden their predecessors carried back in the days of President Truman? We also should levy an additional tax on violent movies that glorify graphic deaths and could be contributing to the violence we see in our cities. Repeal the Hollywood “tax cuts” now.

LEO H. WEBSTER JR.

Cary, N.C.