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They Want To Tax The Booze ? Now, It’s War

by @ 2:38 pm on July 29, 2009. Filed under Economics, Health Care Reform, Politics

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.

3 Responses to “They Want To Tax The Booze ? Now, It’s War”

  1. arhooley says:

    “the international beverage company” is Diageo, not Diego.

  2. Bre says:

    Either way, we’ll all end up slaves. Think of it as a new Dark age. No tabacco, no guns, another prohibition, soon it will be no sick people, no fat people, etcetera. Just kill them all will be our new slogan and our society is too ignorant of this whole situation to know or even care. Just stick your thumbs up your butt and sit on it America, as we all know that’s what we’re doing. And I’m sure we’ll still be doing it as the grand ol’ gov’t tattoos our slave numbers. I may be part of the Young generation of America where no one tends to give a crap but last I remembered, wasn’t this country the “home of the free”? What bullcrap. We might as well be in China, North Korea…oh hey, I know!! Why not follow in the footsteps of Stalin? That’s where we are headed right? And anyone who disagrees shall be sent to one of those Gulag labor camps. Yup…we’re headed there. Congrats!

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