Lileks: What do other people enjoy the most? Let's slap a tax on it

  • Article by: JAMES LILEKS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 15, 2013 - 12:01 AM

The “snack tax” bill may not make it through this session, but like the aftertaste of a bag of pork rinds, it’ll be back. Let’s take a look at what was inside, so we know the arguments pro and con.

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dogman_214Mar. 15, 1312:03 AM

If we tax doughnuts, no more police. Anarchy sets in, running us full circle back to sharpened sticks. It's a world gone mad I tell you! This Gov is such a moron

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lordhawhaw1Mar. 15, 13 3:14 AM

At the same time we hit up junk food eaters for more cash we should double the tax on cigarettes and alcohol. Very bad for you. Tax should also be applied to fast food joints and dessert items from all restaurants. Why not make it a tax on any restaurant meal over 700 calories? Next we could slap a tax on those who like to speed or roll stop signs. Dangerous behavior that. How about a fee on people that drive small cars? Those folks wind up in the hospital even after a fender bender because their vehicles are too small and flimsy. Downtown cyclists? You ever seen them dodging in and out of traffic in Minneapolis? Plain old crazy. Pedestrians also should be taxed, they get run over frequently. How about a tax on mountain climbing or bungee jumping? Why should we pay for them? Don't brush your teeth? Bad for your health, we should tax you. Frequent flyer on small charter aircraft? Well pony up pilgrims that's chancy as well. What about scuba divers and snorkelers? Hunters, fishermen and canoeists? Those boats can tip over you know. For that matter how about a tax on those that can't swim? What about a tax on theater and concert goers? We all know downtown is a dangerous place. Like a nice suntan? So do I but ever heard of skin cancer? Tax them all. Watch over an hour of TV a day? There should be a tax on you couch potatoes. Like lots of sex? You should pay a tax as abstinence is safer. Describe to me your lifestyle and unless your a vegan, triathelete helmet wearing monk government will eventually come after you too.

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ddellwoMar. 15, 1310:10 AM

If they pass a tax on 8 oz. bags of chips, then overnight Old Dutch will come out with 8-1/4 oz. bags of snack chips that defeat the tax. If I've learned one thing in my time on this earth, it's that private industry is always smarter than bureaucrats!

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janders55811Mar. 15, 1311:10 AM

What a well thought out solution to the problems facing tne state. The quality of our politicans makes you want to sit down and cry.

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savagemanMar. 15, 1311:23 AM

Your liberal democrats at work tax...tax...tax... sooner rather than later all you people in favor of taxing only the rich will be paying higher taxes also. There isn't enough rich people to tax for the amount of money the liberal democrats want to spend. Low information voters just don't get it!

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etravelMar. 17, 13 7:18 PM

The story does not match the headline... I'd vote for the tax on what you like AND what I don't like. I don't eat donuts, so lets tax the daylights out of them!

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Mike1eyeMar. 22, 13 4:16 PM

To quote Margaret Thatcher, "The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money."

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