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Three distinct issues are at hand as we discuss the prospect of taxing the use of disposable diapers The first of these is the environmental impact issue supplemented by the general belief that the government is subsidizing the paper industry The second issue is a compilation of convinces health issues and timesaving to the modern family and child care provider The third and most important is the regressive nature of the tax From all of the issues a recommendation will be made The Environmental Issue There are two major claims advocated by environmentalist groups that need to be considered for this policy The first claim is that taxpayers would support the disposable diaper industry with nearly 1 billion through hidden subsidies if all US children were to use paper diapers These subsidies benefit the paper industry through cheap water for production and pollution control as well as under-priced wood supplies and consumers of paper diapers through under-priced solid-waste disposal This particular claim however is not entirely accurate According to a non-profit organization subsidies are given to the timber industry in general not only to those who manufacture paper diapers 900 million is special provisions for timber companies driving down the costs of virgin wood products1 Also subsidies pay for irrigation of crops some of which is cotton Republican soft-money donor JG Boswell is believed to have more land--as much as 192000 acres under cultivation--than anyone else in America and is said to be worth half a billion dollars Subsidized water helped make the man and taxpayers all over the country still help pay to irrigate Boswells bountiful crops of cotton and alfalfa Taxpayers also subsidize Boswells cotton crop he and other irrigators who grew federally subsidized crops are in effect being paid twice for expending a valuable commodity on an unneeded product Estimates of this double dip portion of irrigation subsidies range from 85 million to 800 million a year2 Considering that subsidies are
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