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New Taxes: Most likely Indirect and regressive
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, January 06, 2009

The government is hungry for money. And it is looking for innovative ways to get it. However, they don't want to take it from you directly. You see that's political suicide. So when we hear about the great 300 billion middle class tax cut that the Obama administration is so graciously planning on granting, we should realize that most of it will be recovered by indirect taxes. For instance:
Indirectly it could be considered a cheeseburger tax, but one of the suggestions offered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in its Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) for regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act is to levy a tax on livestock.
The plan? $175 per dairy cow, $87.50 per beef cow, and $20 per hog.

Now obviously a dairy farmer isn't going to absorb that cost. And if all dairy farmers have to pay it, then it is a cost quite easily passed on to the middle class (and poor) consumer. Consequently this regressive tax will add 7 to 8 cents to a gallon of milk. And the same goes for beef and pork products. Thus a nice little chunk of the promised 300 billion tax cut is recovered (and we're saving the world, so who can complain?).

And the government hasn't once directly taxed you in the process and is able to maintain the fiction that you've been fairly and progressively treated by their tax policy.

Oh, and as an aside: if McDonalds can get beef of adequate quality shipped in from another country for less per pound than it costs for American beef with the added tax, what do you suppose they'll do?
 
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if McDonalds can get beef of adequate quality shipped in from another country for less per pound than it costs for American beef with the added tax, what do you suppose they’ll do?
Do you mean to tell me that taxes might have unintended consequences as businesses adjust their purchases based on costs, taxes being one of those costs? What a concept! If only their was some way to test this concept. You know, maybe like if there had been a luxury tax in the past that destroyed the domestic boat business, or something like that.

Nah, never mind.
 
Written By: jjmurphy
URL: http://www.allthatisnecessary.com
You know, maybe like if there had been a luxury tax in the past that destroyed the domestic boat business, or something like that.
If that happens we’ll just ban imports of agricultural products. There’s no economic problem government can cause that can’t be fixed by further impoverishing the American people!
 
Written By: ben
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There’s no economic problem government can cause that can’t be fixed by further impoverishing the American people!
I forgot about that truism. I stand corrected.
 
Written By: jjmurphy
URL: http://www.allthatisnecessary.com
bu bu bu but.....they told me the money came from the government!
Aren’t they just going to sell more government products to get it back instead of charging me?

(oh yeah, they’re gonna sell more ’government products’ all right, lots and lots and lots of ’government’....)

I thought we were spending our way out of debt!?
 
Written By: looker
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Why don’t they just levy a tax on the "first born child" and put to death those children for which the tax isn’t paid ?

They could claim that it was "for the children".
 
Written By: Neo
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"maybe like if there had been a luxury tax in the past that destroyed the domestic boat business, or something like that."

I think you can rest assured that once our government makes meat a luxury they will not tax it further. Leather goods, on the other hand, may be further taxed.
 
Written By: timactual
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Ah ha!!!

That’s how Obamas going to kick start the economy.

Once news of this gets out, sales of freezers and beef will skyrocket as people want to buy before the "hamburger tax" is enacted.

Same thing with guns, "assault weapons," and ammo. Even a hint of taxing or banning will spur demand.
 
Written By: Keith_Indy
URL: http://asecondhandconjecture.com
Instead of banning weapons and ammo or taxing it to death, how about an "assault tax" .. sort of a user fee for gun wheeling idiots who actually shoot people ?

The closest thing to this now are the taxes on the sale of certain "illegal" drugs, etc. that some cities and states have on the books. This supplies a "double whammy" of both criminal and civil penalties.
 
Written By: Neo
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I can haz cheezburger tax?
 
Written By: Wacky Hermit
URL: http://organicbabyfarm.blogspot.com
wonder if they pulled information from NAIS to figure out how much they would make off this tax.
 
Written By: mac
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And this is all not considering the most invisible tax of all: inflation
 
Written By: Miraj Patel
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Ok wacky hermit, you totally win today...
 
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