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June 2, 2009

You Can Tax My Beer When You Pry It From My Cold Drunk Hands!

by Brad Warbiany

Now it’s personal:

Consumers in the United States may have to hand over nearly $2 more for a case of beer to help provide health insurance for all.

Details of the proposed beer tax are described in a Senate Finance Committee document that will be used to brief lawmakers Wednesday at a closed-door meeting.

Taxes on wine and hard liquor would also go up. And there might be a new tax on soda and other sugary drinks blamed for contributing to obesity. No taxes on diet drinks, however.

Beer taxes would go up by 48 cents a six-pack, wine taxes would rise by 49 cents per bottle, and the tax on hard liquor would increase by 40 cents per fifth. Proceeds from the new taxes would help cover an estimated 50 million uninsured Americans.

I suppose, if this goes through, I’ll just have to homebrew more often. In addition to being cheaper in general, this tax won’t apply. Yeah, that missing tax revenue may mean that little Timmy never gets his operation… But that’s what the little bastard gets for basing his health care plan on my drinking habits.

Hat Tip: Reason

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3 Comments

  1. Economic misery historically causes people to drink more, rather than less. For example, in the darkest days of the the Soviet Empire, vodka flowed most freely – it was the one “escape” available to the common man. So for this administration, which appears to be intentionlly inflicting economic ruination upon us, this is actually a rather clever (diabolical, but clever) plan, you must admit. You will suffer; you will then drink more; we will then get more taxes from your drinking.

    Nanny state control over our eating habits coming too? Gee, what a surprise. Why don’t they just cut to the chase right off the bat, and flat out deny medical care to anyone deemed to be too obese by “Department of Homeland Health” (or whatever they will call the national health care bureaucracy) standards. [uh oh, I better be quiet and not give them any ideas].

    Next up – the VAT (value added tax) — a Euro sort of national sales tax, not in lieu of income taxes – but in ADDITION to income taxes. Oh yes it is indeed on its way. I am certain of it.

    Comment by southernjames — June 2, 2009 @ 6:32 am
  2. Let’s see, diet pop is exempt? That will last, oh, all of 5 minutes. As someone who drinks tons of Diet Pepsi, I have heard all the whiners pointing to studies showing diet drinks are less healthy. Eh, at least pop drinkers have the beer drinkers to join us in fighting this.

    Comment by trumpetbob15 — June 2, 2009 @ 12:57 pm
  3. [...] now we’re looking at adding a national sales tax to the rest of the taxes we pay. Oh boy! We get to pay more for beer [...]

    Pingback by Hooked on Socialism — June 4, 2009 @ 9:36 am

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