More behavior change thru taxation

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    Md. Alcohol Tax Increase Approved « CBS Baltimore

    One of the many reasons given, as heard on the TV news report, is that they want to "encourage" less alcohol consumption... So now a 9% tax on alcohol.... hurting businesses... and just being flat out wrong

    Well... I will buy my alcohol less than a mile away in Virginia... fuck these idiot MD "legislators"
     
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    Fucking control freaks.
     
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    sin taxes have always been popular
     
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    You're welcome to Virginia anytime! You think Maryland taxation is high - I was in DC yesterday, regular unleaded was $4.54
     
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    It's all about the money. You can't give them money as fast as they can find things to spend it on.
     
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    No doubt.. and I don't agree with any of them
     
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    Alcohol, tobacco gasoline are all commodities that for whatever reason people have to purchase. The object is not behavior modification. That's only the PC justification. If they really wanted people to shop smoking and drinking and to drive less, they would raise taxes high enough to put booze, smokes and gas out of the reach of all but the rich.
    Tax increases are just high enough so a few people will get pissed enough to quit smoking or drinking in protest and government can use those numbers to support another increase next year.
    When I started smoking, cigarettes cost a quarter a pack. Now they're 6 bucks here in Alabama and more in most blue non tobacco states. I still buy them.
    That 2400% increase is due mostly to taxes and regulation, (on average about 60% of the price is federal and state excise tax) but it has been spread out over 48 years. Had the price of a pack gone from a quarter to 6 bucks in one shot, no one would smoke and the government would be out billions.
     
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    boohoo
     
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    Good! Sugary soda, fast food and salt should be next! Welcome to the smoker's lounge!!!

    <which, thanks to the Republicans in Virginia, is now located OUTSIDE of any public establishment>
     
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    That's why I made a still and live about 30 minutes from a sugar refinery.
    I also buy puntas de arroz for $14 for a 122 lb sack.
    Have fun.
     

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