One can only hope not! A few years ago, USA Today reported:
A pesky, century-old tax on your phone bill is finally being put to rest.
The Treasury Department said Thursday that it will no longer collect a 3% federal excise tax on long-distance calls and would refund about $15 billion to taxpayers.
The tax was imposed in 1898 to help pay for the Spanish-American War. It was designed as a tax on wealthy Americans, back when phone service was considered a luxury.
There's more at the link. Bold print is my emphasis.
I daresay the war's been paid for by now! That's an even bigger bureaucratic blunder than Robert Sobel's famous tale, as recorded by Robert Townsend:
"The British created a civil-service job in 1803 calling for a man to stand on the Cliffs of Dover with a spyglass. He was supposed to ring a bell if he saw Napoleon coming. The job was abolished in 1945."
I have a suggestion. Let's abolish 50% of all Government administrative jobs right away, followed by a further 5% reduction every year until such time as we find it truly impossible to run the country. Then add back the last 5% to be cut, and keep the level there. We'd save a fortune, and the time-servers and seat-warmers would have to find a more productive way to make a living instead of consuming our taxes to no good end.
EDITED TO ADD: I note that some commenters thought this was a current report until they read the source article, and realized it was from 2006. I posted it because the similarity to the British civil service position (which was in effect for almost one and a half centuries) struck me as incongruous. I should have made it more clear that this wasn't a contemporary issue. My bad. Sorry if I caused any confusion.