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Drink Up, California!
Posted by: Dale Franks on Sunday, April 13, 2008

Ronald Reagan once famously said the for Democrats, the operating policy was, "if it moves, tax it." A California legislator seems determined to live up to that stereotype.
Joe Six-pack will have to pay a lot more to get his buzz on if Assemblyman Jim Beall has his way.

The San Jose Democrat on Thursday proposed raising the beer tax by $1.80 per six-pack, or 30 cents per can or bottle. The current tax is 2 cents per can. That's an increase of about 1,500 percent.

Beall said the tax would generate $2 billion a year to fund health care services, crime prevention and programs to prevent underage drinking and addiction.
Because, as we all know, the fundamental problem is that we just aren't taxed enough. I really liked this, too:
"The people who use alcohol should pay for part of the cost to society, just like we've accepted that concept with tobacco," Beall said.
So, if I have a single beer in the evening when I get home from work, I'm damaging society.

I keep hoping tar and feathers will come back into vogue. I really do.
 
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The people who use alcohol should pay for part of the cost to society, just like we’ve accepted that concept with tobacco," Beall said.
Which is why they’re trying the same thing with junk food and fast food.

This sort of thinking will never go away, especially with climate change and universal health care dominating the mommy party
 
Written By: shark
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The problem is tobacco’s "cost" to society isn’t much. If you consider the cost of treating a smoker from birth to death, compare that to the cost of treating a non-smoker from birth to death, and then factor in the savings in Social Security and Medicare payments from shortened longevity, we probably should be paying people to smoke.


Kinda wondering what cost to society imposed by beer isn’t imposed by other forms of alcohol. They can tax beer all they want, but keep their grubby paws off my single malt!

 
Written By: Steverino
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I keep hoping tar and feathers will come back into vogue. I really do.
What’s stopping you? Hey, all trends require a trendsetter. Don’t sit on your hands and hope somebody else will fulfill your wishes...get out there and do something!
 
Written By: Jon Henke
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My husband and I don’t drink, but crap like this is why we moved out of California, to a state that happens to have slightly less ridiculous liquor laws.
 
Written By: Wacky Hermit
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Because, as we all know, the fundamental problem is that we just aren’t taxed enough.

I’m not a big fan of raising charges of hypocrisy, but many of the voices calling for these taxes also happen to be proponents of progressive taxation.

But sin taxes in general and on tobacco and alcohol especially are thoroughly regressive. And when the settlements with the tobacco companies first came through and the various local and state governments started to pull in the cash, the claim was that it would go towards health care. And it hasn’t, rather, the states have become dependent on these dollars. They don’t actually want people to quit because it’s such a cash cow.
 
Written By: ben
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Which is one of the reasons I make my own beer.

Serious biz. For about $12 a case I can make beer which will stand toe to toe with any beer of a similar type which you buy on the shelf for $12 a six pack - or sometimes 4-pak - and bloody its nose and fatten its lip.

Up the establishment!
 
Written By: The Gonzman
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If we taxed damage to society, politicians would pay the most.
 
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The people who use alcohol should pay for part of the cost to society, just like we’ve accepted that concept with tobacco," Beall said.
Hmmm.

The slippery slope argument would appear to be over.
The Slippery won.

 
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