Okay, that sinking feeling I got when the country voted in the Blessed One has become a giant sinkhole. This little article may signal a new trend among state governments across the country. Yup, the newspapers may well be getting their own local bailouts from the respective states they do business in. Isn’t that nice? The muckrakers are losing subscribers partly due to the onset of internet news and reporting but mostly due to their (at best) lousy reporting and giving the people (apparently) what they don’t want. So the government is going to subsidize the papers with the tax dollars of those who don’t want to buy the paper in the first place? This should be a Mel Brooks movie or something. Are you kidding? They are going to keep an apparently unwanted going concern going? Why? My cynical mind tells me it might have something to do with delivering certain messages or needing just the ‘right’ messenger. Interesting at best, pathetic at worst. So, once again corporations who can’t find their way out of a paper bag are getting bail outs, with our tax dollars.
Not so much for us though…
This little article discusses how legislators are knocking around the idea of smokers, drinkers and soda consumers paying for the brand new, super-duper national healthcare plan (estimated in the trillions over tens years) by adding more taxes. Out here, they just added another $1 tax on a pack of smokes – this article is talking about $2 more. Are they kidding? These sin taxes really get me. First of all, who the hell has the right to penalize someone for participating in a legal activity? I don’t see anyone suggesting extra taxes on brussell sprouts or medical marajuana – surely that must impact someone somewhere, mustn’t it? The fact is that they are doing it because these are activities relegated to the average man or citizen – the poor man’s pleasures if you will and they have no lobby. What are they going to do when people just stop buying the products? Where will that revenue come from then?
It’s just typical that the Haves always seem to find a way for the government to help them and the Have Nots are always the ones to pay for it. Aren’t you people pissed yet? Cripes.