Rasmussen reports that, “Fifty percent (50%) of Americans favor increasing taxes on beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages to help provide health insurance for every one in the country.”
The other 50% won’t be buying them any drinks.
If it’s such a brilliant idea then how about everybody pay for it?
Now tell them that in order to pay for healthcare the tax would have to be like $200/drink, and see what the response is.
You’re right – if the program is such a good idea then everyone should have to pay for it. However, since the bottom 50% of earners only pay about 4% of the income taxes, you know who’ll end up paying for it.
The sad political reality is that there’s no shortage of people who look for ways to tax other people to pay for their pet programs. Don’t smoke? Well, how about raising tobacco taxes to pay for children’s health care? Of course, none of them address the issue of fairness or of what happens when people cut back on smoking, reducing revenues to pay for the program. The same is happening here – raise taxes on something you don’t do to pay for something you want.
Who was it that said, “Don’t tax me. Don’t tax thee. Tax that man behind the tree?”
So who’s up for Euro-style $6/gallon gasoline?
Less government, fewer taxes.
I foresee a lot more homebrewing in my future…
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