Friday, August 17, 2007

Alcopops Latest Tax Target In California

The State of California in it's ultimate wisdom on how to stop teens from driving drunk has come up with a new tax on a certain kind of alcoholic beverage that some teens find popular. Brands of fresh fruity alcoholic beverages like, "Mike's Hard Lemon Aid" (Alcopops) have been sold in grocery and convenience stores for years just like beer and other beverages. However, now some legislators in California have decided that these new beverages are causing more teens to "drink and drive" so here comes the liberal solution to all problems, a big new tax increase on a product.

Many people a long time ago saw through this type of taxation when state legislators started proposing new tax increases on people that smoked cigarettes to fund children's health programs. Now, California is once again leading the way in new ways to raise the taxes of it's citizens promoted as a way to stop teens from drinking and driving. All across America there are new state and local taxes popping up to punish people for there personal behavior and this proposed new tax in California is no different.

Just like "red light cameras" are not really designed to stop people from running red lights, but instead just another way to raise revenue. This new proposed California Law on "Alcopops" will not stop or even curb underage drinking, but it will raise a ton of money for the State of California, a government that is already completely out of control when it comes to government spending.

It seems like everyday some new tax is proposed on one segment of the population or the other and eventually these greedy legislatures will get around to you and start taxing something you really care about. When that happens, expect the same amount of support from smokers and drinkers as you gave to them when they were being punished just for living there lives the way they wanted.

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