Sunday, August 14, 2011

No New Tax Revenue, But Please Let Me Ruin My Life

According to an article in today's New York Times, the District of Columbia and numerous states want to legalize Internet gambling as a way of raising funds. The article is here.

Essentially, we're going to rely on legalizing an addictive vice to make up for our lack of political will and intelligence. While we're at it, let's repeal the ban on cigarette and hard liquor ads on television as a way to encourage people to smoke, and drink more and pay more sin taxes. Then let's repeal the new health care law so that sick people can't get affordable (or any) care, which will mean higher premiums for people who have insurance. Finally, allow drilling in national parks so we have more oil and gas to buy and fill up the coffers by paying gas taxes.

But whatever we do, let's not raise revenue from the wealthy individuals and corporations who stand to gain from political gridlock and inaction.

Hey, I know, this would be a great platform for a political party that wanted to pander to the American people!

Oh wait, that party already exists.

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