I cannot, for the life of me, understand the debate now over birth control. Even with two points being thrown about, it’s so illogical I honestly am worried about harming myself trying to so much as understanding it.
I’ll be one of the first people to admit that American politics are a lot like those Rock ‘em Sock ‘em robots. Most of the time it isn’t really clear why exactly they are fighting, you just know to root for one of them. Half […]
Okay, so we all know smoking is disgusting and wicked and just generally all sorts of ick right? Okay then. Humor me for a few okay?
Why raise cigarette taxes again, are we trying to compete with NYC? Cigarettes are harmful yes and yicky, I do realize this. So are a thousand other things (personally seafood is far, far more disgusting to me.*).
Cigarettes are just the most popular option for taxation, while alcohol goes up in tiny little incremental amounts, cigarettes go up in dollars. All of that is considered Sin Tax (don’t get me started).
The above is for the US nationally, it illustrates another point. The more prices are raised, the less smokers. The less smokers, the less revenue for states.
Still with me? Okay good.
Take a gander at things like ‘junk food’. First off, junk food is a heavy seller. More people buy that then cigarettes. In addition households who already purchase junk foods, tend to buy more at once than people buy cigarettes.
Think of a shopping list:
- Chocolate (at least that’s on mine)**
The items with ** are the ones people usually get more than one type of, to make up for different tastes in families. I was originally going to include the other normal shopping lists but, I’m not about to make that too long.
Heck you know the marketing line: Bet you can’t eat just one. It’s true for the most part, cosidering the obesity rate. Those chips, sodas, and many other of that type of things contributes to the overall sickness and obesity rates, which in turn costs the government more.
Also taking into consideration fast food places, they are absolutely booming even in this economy. Throw a few state taxes into the whole ‘billions and billions’ served and that will keep things level for a bit. Although, presently they don’t tax most foods, change it and make it a few pennies here and there.
Leave the legitimately healthy things alone, and you can even claim it’s for public good (see, win-win). Just like you do with the cigarettes.
Now, I’m not talking about a one-shot astronomical tax increase. Although casting a much broader net with tax increases will bring in more revenue overall. Sure, people will complain but when do people not?
*Really, look at lobsters – Bugs of the sea those things.