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Kalifornia--The Nanny State

Mary%20Poppins%20the%20Nanny%20State.jpgThe bureaucrats of the nanny state of Kalifonia have been busy.   That means tax-increases on everything-- including gas, smokes, and beer.

With gas prices already sky-rocketing, motorists in Los Angeles County might be stuck with an additional ten-cent per gallon tax to "help fight global warming."  Actually, the money will go to pay for highway improvements for which the state can't pry money loose from the federal government.  But if the tax increase is offered as a means to "improve the environment," then (the bureaucrats argue) it might be easier to get it through the legislature.  Click here: Gas Tax to Fight Global Warming? | Southland and California News | KTLA The CW | Where Los Angeles Lives  

As if that wasn't enough, a  fall ballot measure will call for a 300% tax increase on cigarettes, designed to make smoking so expensive, that people stop.  Of course, this won't create a black market, or  put  small  businesses  (which depend upon revenues from cigarette sales) out of business.  The law of unintended consequences never occurs to these guys.   I hate cigarette smoke as much as the next guy,  but just make them illegal, or leave smokers alone.  It is a matter of personal responsibility.   Click here: - California cigarette tax could skyrocket

Now this one really chaps my hide . . .   State assemblyman Jim Beall has proposed a 1500% increase in the tax on beer!  How dare he!  This would raise the tax on a bottle of beer from 2 cents to 30 cents ,or $1.80 per six-pack.   Click here: Higher state tax on beer? - San Jose Mercury News

Nevada and Montana look better to me every day.  I wish we could throw tea in the harbor, or do something!  I'm all for rendering unto Caesar, but enough is enough!

Reader Comments (11)

But wait! The Boston tea party was to protest against taxes on tea!

Should you not be throwing beer into San Franciso Bay? (sorry, that would be...bad. Real bad.)
April 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEllen
Global warming? Wasn't it about 30 years ago that they were telling us to prepare for the ice age? They'll be telling us again - in a few years - to get ready for the ice age.
April 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLLOYD
Such are the rewards for those who enjoy living in a "Mediterranean climate." Those of us in the Midwest have had to endure one of the roughest Winters on record thanks, in part, to the cool temperatures and wet conditions caused by La Nina in the Pacific Ocean. Being a biker, I have admittedly coveted the riding conditions thrown into my face all Winter long by those living in the Bay Area (on a different blog) as they've enjoyed climbs up Mt. Diablo and Mt. Hamilton. Now, we're "enjoying" a wetter and cooler Spring than normal, as well.
April 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge
You'll turn into a (small l) libertarian yet.
April 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlee n. field
I was walking Almaden a few days ago...and here I am back in Michigan...
April 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEllen
Maybe they could add Bud or Coors to the water supply...wait, wouldn't that be redundant? :)
April 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWyldeirishman
As a Californian I must humbly apologize for the actions of my state. For those who don't understand the economics of this let me explain a bit:

The idea is to get CA out of its budget mess ($14 billion in the hole, last check) by increasing taxes on the people.

Of course, liberals (who are all about taxes) claim that taxes are needed, but in taxing beer, gas and tobacco they place a larger portion of the burden on the already hurting "poor" who engage in these activities to a greater degree than others (driving, smoking and drinking beer.)

Of course, liberals are the same ones who claim to want to help the poor and claim that tax cuts help only the rich. (I got over $800 back from the last cut, and I'm by no means even close to "rich".) Keep in mind, the poorest folks in the nation PAY NO TAXES anyway.

So now, as the country heads into recession, our state will further damage itself by taxing gasoline, already at $4 a gallon, taxing tobacco (not just cigarettes, all tobacco, this means I will buy pipe tobacco online and my local pipe shop will close down.)

Meanwhile the schools are begging for more money and demanding they not lose one penny of their lie-soaked cash so they can keep teaching sex ed to grade schoolers and communism to high schoolers... yet the govt tells homeschooling parents that they have to be credentialed.

Oh... pray for our state and for those of us who live there. It is a beautiful place, graced by God in natural beauty.
April 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermburke
The growing population influx of people from Calif. is creating a very liberal, left wing political base in the Goldwater state!
April 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGLW Johnson
Lloyd, They already are. I keep mocking global warming to only have people tell me that no, 'its global climate change...'

Yet I still see the term 'global warming' all over the media. So on days where its unusually warm we call it global warming. Yet when its rather chilly we call it global climate change.

All this non-sense is nothing short of sugar coated paganism and communism. And I resent that the government is trying to force me to give them my hard earned tax money to fund such a pathetic state religion, or any religion for that matter!

April 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterpresbyterian_keith
Er, here in England we have insane taxes on what you call gas (we call it petrol, but if I just wrote that you wouldn't have a clue what I was talking about. It hasn't reduced the number of cars on the road, it's just another way for the government to make more money.
April 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Highland Host
I've lived to see the decline of the Golden State.
April 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterwalt

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