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  •  Good luck with that. (1+ / 0-)
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    a gilas girl

    Just go chuck loads of cigs in the Boston Harbor while your at it.

    The republicans calling the shots care no more about libertarian ideals than they do the religious values of the tea party. If you think anything to lower a 'sin tax' will come from them, your pipe ain't puffing tobacco. Those taxes get to go into 'pet' programs, supporting their cronies AND they get to give big subsidies to tobacco farms. If it isn't directing money their way, they will not care about it. If they can 'punish' people in the process, even better. This is a pervasive view even in the libertarian movement. (I deal with more libertarian republicans than religious ones where I live.)

    While many democrats are no better, at least there's a chance of moving the party as whole to a more progressive frame of mind.

    As for 'sin taxes'? I support 'em, at reasonable levels. (Taxing something out of existence is no better than outlawing it, but it can be a fine line.) Mainly because you can't stop people from doing stupid shit but you can make them think twice via the cost. Secondly, when an activity is a costly burden on the public (health, pollution), I do think those that chose to do that activity should help more to clean it up. I'd just like to be sure those taxes go to the programs for that 'sin'.

    I am much too liberal to be a Democrat.

    by WiseFerret on Sun May 12, 2013 at 01:11:41 PM PDT

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