Monday, April 14, 2008

Back On Free Soil (cont.)

Reason #317 why I'm glad to be back home.

SACRAMENTO - 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.

Paying nine dollars in taxes on a 15-dollar 30-pack of piss-water beer? Golly gee! What's not to love?

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.

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.

Stop me if you've heard this one before.

The people who use ___________ in a lawful and responsible manner should have their rights curtailed by the government and be forced to pay for the misdeeds of those who do not.

Have I mentioned how good it feels is to be home?