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Old 02-17-2009, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Missouri
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I say that it is about time. You can't tax smokers for everything and now it is about time the lushes out there pay for their bad habits. Hopefully all of the other states will start to raise the taxes on booze also. I do think the tax here is high but not a bad idea at all.

Outrage brewing over proposed 1,900% beer tax hike

Lawmakers say tax will help budget; brewers warn of lost jobs
02:02 PM PST on Monday, February 16, 2009

By ERIC ADAMS, kgw.com Staff

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Five Oregon state lawmakers want to impose a hefty tax on beer and have introduced a bill that brewers say would cripple them.



Outrage brewing over proposed 1,900% beer tax hike | Local News | kgw.com | News for Portland Oregon and SW Washington (http://www.kgw.com/news-local/stories/kgw_021309_news_oregon_beer_tax.126942e1.html?npc - broken link)
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Old 02-17-2009, 08:14 AM
 
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Start with $1.00 per bottle of beer...But states need to fire a some of the deadwood they have on the payrolls too. Oh, I forgot Obama wants to add 600,000 more government employees...
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Old 02-17-2009, 08:20 AM
 
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Hmmm... I wonder how many jobs were lost due to the taxes on the tobacco industry. I wonder if those numbers would make some people stop and actually THINK? Of course, I also wonder if the big "No smoking" push has anything to do with people living longer lives, working longer?

ALL actions have consequences, good or bad. I've said it many times... the people that will be hurt the MOST by what's coming are those who don't SEE it coming, by will or other.
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Old 02-17-2009, 08:22 AM
 
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Time for the torches and pitchforks...
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Old 02-17-2009, 08:23 AM
 
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Hmmm... I wonder how many jobs were lost due to the taxes on the tobacco industry. I wonder if those numbers would make some people stop and actually THINK? Of course, I also wonder if the big "No smoking" push has anything to do with people living longer lives, working longer?

ALL actions have consequences, good or bad. I've said it many times... the people that will be hurt the MOST by what's coming are those who don't SEE it coming, by will or other.
"ALL actions have consequences, good or bad. I've said it many times... the people that will be hurt the MOST by what's coming are those who don't SEE it coming, by will or other."

I'll take it you are talking about that drunk driver that hits an innocent driver head on.
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Old 02-17-2009, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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The Feds are raising the tax on tobacco products 62 cents a pack come April 1st

Where is Al Capone when we need him?
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Old 02-17-2009, 08:26 AM
 
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I'll take it you are talking about that drunk driver that hits an innocent driver head on.

That's ONE way to put it!
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Old 02-17-2009, 08:57 AM
 
Location: PA
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I notice the reason for the tax hike is to pay for the budget problems the government has. This is not about being responsible or paying for those who abuse beer. This is the usual way government tries to extort money from it's citizens to continue the failed social programs they waste money on.

Rasing the tax on beer does nothing to stop anyone from drinking it just makes those who run a business and or even buy a beer now and then pay for the mismanagement of government funds and programs that clearly are useless.


Next it will be tax on soda, breathing and just living.
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Old 02-17-2009, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Start with $1.00 per bottle of beer..
I agree
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Old 02-17-2009, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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I think you're nuts. Do you want them to tax your soft drinks 1900%? Do you want them to tax your french fries 1900%? Do you want your state to add a 1900% tax on top of ticket sales that already have hefty Ticketmaster fees? Do you want a 1900% tax on your bottled water? What about an extra 1900% tax on over-the-counter pain relievers like Advil, or the solution for your contact lenses? Gee, why we're at it, why not tax condoms and birth control 1900%, too? And maybe tack on a 1900% tax on parks usage and maybe even golf courses?

I've been saying for years that once cigarettes are nearly prohibited (and that's where it's headed, as far as I'm concerned) that interest groups will turn to something else to take away. It's bull$hit.
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