More tax madness: beer

FRIDAY 4-18-08…I’ve often wondered what group would next be targeted for their pockets to be picked now that taxes on tobacco products has nearly eliminated smokers from society. In Seattle, they tried increasing taxes on coffee drinkers, extra taxes going to daycare education for children. That idea died at the polls. In Maryland, they tried hiking the tax on hunters to close a budget gap. All that did was eliminate hunters.

But, there are those out there are continuing their search for specific groups to fleece. Latest case in point is California Assemblyman Jim Beall, who has come up with the idea of taxing beer drinkers. The San Jose Democrat has proposed raising the current beer tax by a buck eighty for every six-pack, and thirty cents for a can or bottle. That’s an increase of about 1500 percent above the current tax.

Now, let’s see….what was it they said increasing cigarette taxes would do? Oh yeah….the higher taxes would fund health care services, plus educational programs to teach children not to smoke. So, what does the assemblyman say about increasing the taxes on beer? He says the tax would generate two billion dollars a year to fund health care services, and educational programs to prevent underage drinking.

It seems that if you target a certain group to fleece, and say the money would go to health care…. And toss children and education into the mix…you’ve got yourself a winner. Fortunately, it doesn’t always work that way. Like the ol’ saying “you can fool some of the people some of the time, but not all the people all of the time.”

Beall is a first-termer in the Assembly and is obviously trying to make a name for himself, but odds are his legislation won’t ever see the light of day. Republican Assemblyman Roger Niello who is vice chairman of the budget committee says “I predict the shelf life of his bill will be very short.”

But then again, the legislature is controlled by Democrats who have never seen a tax they didn’t like….so…beer drinkers…, and wait. You could be next.


2 Responses

  1. “Beer, if drank with moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit and promotes health.”

    “I think it is a great error to consider a heavy tax on wines as a tax on luxury. On the contrary, it is a tax on the health of our citizens.”

    “A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.”

    – Thomas Jefferson

    “Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants to see us happy.”

    – Benjamin Franklin

    “… when I started lifting weights at 15, I liked dark beer because it was more nourishment, more yeast.”

    – Arnold Schwarzenegger

    “Twas a woman who drove me to drink, and I never had the courtesy to thank her for it.”

    – W.C. Fields

  2. More madness —

    Committee rejects law to deport illegal immigrants after DUIs

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