As a result of so many miners getting sick from breathing in coal dust over 78,000 people have died from pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease. In 1977, the government started charging an excise tax on each ton of coal mined for the disability payments and health care of afflicted miners. $15 to $26 billion by 2050; If Congress doesn’t put a stop to this, that’s what it could cost the American taxpayer.
With a $23 trillion national debt, why did taxes go down at all? Why does the Social security tax stop at a max income of $132,900? Social Security and Medicare need more funding. Many households are not feeling the American Dream.