You realize of course, this means war.
(Hat tip to Doug Mataconis, whose (in)discretionary income could quite possibly take as big a hit as mine.)
What starts out as a plan to help you with health insurance will surely end up as a Big Government process to implement mandatory assisted suicide counseling ( to ensure ‘death with dignity’!) and just think how they can save cost by implementing that long held dream of leftists of the last century – eugenics! Here at last the framework to accomplish exactly that! Now theres change you can believe in!
Just think of the cost savings we could have if we could just get people to stop breeding these “defective” people in the first place? Imagine a world free from fat people, diabetics, cancer and so on. Imagine if we save everyone from the terrible horror of it all.
Ah, what a wonderful world it would be… ( to steal a lyric).
Imagine how grateful they will be to the political party that does all that for them.
I just love that about the left, they always sell the public on “helping us solve our problems” but in the end, we ourselves become the very problem they think they have to solve!
Buy your sugar, yeast, and distilling equipment now.
Distilling equipment? Looks like meth-manufacturing stuff, so watch out for your local army surplus-equipped sheriff to bang down your walls as soon as you start making anything decent.
It means war now? There’s already been an alcohol tax for only about ever, from what I can tell. Alcohol is always going to be cheaper to make at home, always going to be taxed if bought from a store, and the tax isn’t one-tenth of the price increase from what it “should” cost. I know everyone’s idea of a fair tax is one that someone else pays, but it’s not exactly a new thing to find yourself getting dinged to pay for something you do and have that pay for something you’ll never use. As far as I’m concerned, Mississippi could have dirt roads only suitable for mountain bikes and Oregon could have doctors that prescribe colon hydrotherapy for ulcers and skin rashes, but I’m not going to begrudge them for wanting something more.
I tend to support sales, income, property, and payroll taxes because they are broad enough to affect almost everyone in a similar way. Specific taxes bother me and I try not to support them. I’ve voted against rental car and hotel taxes in local elections, since I think it’s absurd to charge (mostly, but not always) tourists in a tourist town economy even if it supports things tourists use, like the convention center and the Spring Training facility that those Major League teams suckered us into building for them.
I don’t like the idea of sin taxes, as those target one group (smokers, usually, but also drinkers and others) to pay for something that is often unrelated. I think smoking is awful and am damn glad it’s not allowed in bars anymore, but smoking was only a tiny part of why this country is fat and unhealthy and out of shape. Drinking may lead to a lot of problems (more than smoking, even,) but again it’s not the biggest cause by any means. If it was about changing behavior and not about taxation, I’d get taxed for being up late, not exercising, not flossing every time, eating too many calories, trying to get a tan sometimes, not always wearing safety glasses while using a hammer, not eating my vegetables, and driving too fast now and then. Actually, we do tax that last one, but in another form. And I know that some day they’ll figure out a way to charge me to look at thingsthatexciteme.tumblr.com and similar stuff. I might join you in the war at that point. Or I’ll be talked out of it by someone who only looks at People Magazine online. And the world will be a much less interesting place. With much less Zooey and Anne and that really flexible one with the nice legs.
Give me Stoli or give me death!
It doesn’t need to look like a meth lab.
Everything you need to know can be found here.
Although you could face a $10k fine and 10 years in the slammer here in the US…..
This is all starting to remind me of Demolition Man, where everything not good for you, is bad for you; hence illegal.
If I ever hear Barry Obama say “Enhance your calm,” I’ll know it’s over.
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