Via The Weekly Standard comes news of a one of the many taxes under consideration to fund ObamaCare:
The U.S. Senate is considering a proposal that would dramatically raise what they call “lifestyle taxes” to pay for a huge federal health care program. Under this proposal you would be paying more for some of the simple things you enjoy, such as a soft drink and your favorite alcohol beverages. The proposal calls for a staggering increase in federal taxes on alcohol beverages of up to 229 percent!…
Small businesses–your local wine, grocery, convenience stores and restaurants–will see sales go down. An estimated 160,000 people in the hospitality industry will lose their jobs–in an industry that has already lost 540,000 jobs over the past year. The last time the federal government raised taxes on distilled spirits nearly 100,000 people lost their jobs….
Nearly 60 percent of the price you pay at the store for distilled spirits already goes for federal, state, local taxes and other government fees. Do not let the government add more to an already hefty tax burden. You may agree that our health care system needs to be reformed, but not on the backs of hard working Americans.
To be fair, I should note that the above comes from the international beverage company Diaego
Diego, which owns some of the most well-known liquor brands in the world, including Johnnie Walker, Tanquerey, Jose Cuervo, and Bailey’s. So, yes, they’ve got a self-interest at stake here.
But they’re talking about raising the price of drinking. Which will make it more expensive to, you know, get a drink.
I think I’m gonna have to get Vodkapundit involved on this one.