Main Motorcycle: '06 Speed Triple
Join Date: May 2010
Other Motorcycle: '96 Adventurer Cafe Racer
Extra Motorcycle: Not any more
Look, I'm not some anti-government tea party type in the least, I just don't happen to agree with the idea of social engineering through sin taxes.
I get the arguments - its not just bad for you, it's bad for everybody because it effects health care, etc, but I don't fully buy it. In the case of cigs there is a pretty strong argument for getting people to stop between the health costs and second hand smoke and all, but this sort of thing just encourages lawmakers to look for the next cash cow. It's simple, some do-gooder with an honest desire to improve things (rightly or wrongly) makes a proposal and Sacramento (or Washington) sees dollar signs so they stand up and say 'it's for your own good...'
But what about all the other things they'll target next? Sugar? How about fast food? Chips? Pretzels? Studies have shown that children who eat dinners with their family are in better health than those who eat alone or out of the home, so how about an extra tax on any restaurant? After all, it's for the children...<groan>
I especially don't buy the 'we're all fat because the mean old food people made us this way' line of BS. You're fat because you eat more calories than you burn. It's math. Like I said earlier, I drink a ton of coca cola, yet I'm not a giant lump. I may not be in the best shape by a long shot, but I do occasionally get off my ass and move around. Guess what? That seems to be enough to offset all those cokes. It's not like I'm at the gym or running laps, I just live my life about like anybody. But we need to raise the price of soda by 30% to save me from myself.
There are no end of sin taxes that could so easily be imposed. To open that door is just asking for trouble. You may not smoke, but don't think that means this won't affect you. You may not drink that many soft drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks, etc, but don't think this won't affect you either. Hey, bottled water is a waste of plastic that's clogging our landfills. Wouldn't it be great if people would just fill reusable containers from the tap? (you can use a filter if you must, though studies have shown that most US municipal water is at least as good as the expensive bottled stuff) how about we tax bottled water to discourage people from buying it. Shall I continue giving examples until I hit your personal 'sin'? Because you know you have one, and once they figure out what it is you won't give up they'll be eager to throw a special tax on it too.
'06 Speed Triple
'96 Adventurer Cafe Racer
and a bunch of other stuff
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