Government misses out on mining royalties

  • Article by: EDITORIAL , Washington Post
  • Updated: December 28, 2012 - 9:02 PM

As with oil and gas, the government should allow mining firms to unearth as much gold and silver as they can responsibly and profitably.

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martiankingDec. 28, 12 9:52 PM

Sure thing. Then after that, how about we legalize drugs and prostitution and tax them also so as to gain the revenue from those activities? Why stop there? Let's have corporations pay an upfront fee if they want to circumvent labor laws and environmental standards? How about no to all of the above, and the writers idea?

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tnesleyDec. 28, 1210:03 PM

Amen. It is free money to the government in royalties and jobs for people. Just need to keep the EPA at bay.

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texas_technomanDec. 29, 1211:54 AM

Mn get any royalties on the folks that are hauling away all that sand in the SE part of the state?

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money2145Dec. 29, 1212:33 PM

Why should we worry about it, Obama wants to get that lost money by taxing anyone who makes over $250,000. We'll make it up taxing the "fat cats". Isn't that fair?

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shadesofgrayDec. 30, 1210:03 AM

Free money?? We the taxpayers and citizens should get a fair return on our investment, same as any owner of a resource would expect. There is plenty of profit to be made.

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