Friday, August 17, 2007

They Just Don't Get It.

Pay up, biznitch!
(from cbs2chicago.com)

Alderman Wants To Tax Bottled Water
Cardenas: Tax Would Help Balance Budget, Benefit Environment
Gosh!! That sounds like a win-win!

As CBS 2's Kristyn Hartman reports, Ald. George Cardenas (12th) wants to slap a tax of up to 25 cents on the cost of every bottle to help close a $217 million budget gap.

“People enjoy jogging or driving with a bottle of water. There’s a cost associated with this behavior. You have to pay for it,” said Cardenas, one of Mayor Richard M. Daley’s staunchest City Council supporters.
Unbelievable. The arrogance here is beyond appalling. You owe the government for your private behavior; it's that simple.

Cardenas noted that there’s a nearly $40 million shortfall in the city’s water and sewer funds, in part because of a decline in water usage.

“How is this possible when we have a water system that’s won honors? It’s because bottled water has become a $15 billion industry that’s growing at a rate of 20 to 30 percent a year,” he said.
Translation: And we deserve (another) piece of that action.

So you use less of something, but you still need to pay full boat. Interesting premise.
I need to start a business like that operates like that.
Cardenas also said a bottled water tax would help the environment by dissuading people from buying the plastic bottles that end up in landfills.
Think of the children!!

Now, I expect government to try to rape its citizens every way from Sunday. I don't like it, but that is the nature of government.
However, what surprises me is the reaction of people; not, "Hey, you take enough of our money you irresponsible asshats!", but more something like the following:

But Chicagoans CBS 2 met on the street early Tuesday did not like the idea of the tax.

"Let them tax cigarettes, not water," said Chicago resident Brian Lynch.

See? Go tax someone else. Not a peep about the increase in taxes, just that I have to pay it, as opposed to whomever I deem appropriate.

"Ten to 20, that's crazy. It's not cigarettes or anything, it's bottled water, so that's ridiculous," added Chicago resident Lazzerick Young. "I'd probably go towards filtered water, maybe, and not do the bottled water."

WTF?!?!?! And when they levy a tax on filtered water (or even filters!), then what, smart-guy?
He just surrenders like a Democrat.

Even this gal, while he has a good end result in mind, it's the motivation (again) that I find curious.

"We're going to have to vote him out, because that's not good," said Justina Miles. "I buy a lot of bottled water."
We have to vote him out, not because he's a greedy, nanny-state commie, but because I am effected. I buy a lot of bottled water.

"So raise the taxes on pop. Why would you want to raise it on something that's healthy?" said Dennis Hopkins. "You can give a newborn baby bottled water. It's good for you."
Again, no problem with more taxes. Apparently, it is the state's job to tax unhealthy things, but it's wrong to tax the healthy ones.
I need to look at the Illinois state constitution one of these days...

Wendy Abrams, a spokeswoman for the city’s Office of Budget and Management, said the mayor’s budget team will “work with aldermen on any new idea aimed at generating new revenue for the city.” But raising taxes remains a “last resort,” she said.
Of course it is.

This kind of reminds me of the "Fudds" (as in Elmer the hunter) that want to ban so-called "assault weapons" or pistols or AP ammo, but feel their hunting rifles are ok (when we really all know that hunting rifles are actually deadly assassin's, one-shot one-kill, baby smiting, cop-killing, harp-seal rending, spotted-owl exploding, optic-equipped, vest-penetrating long range sniper rifles).
My stuff is ok, but your stuff is bad...

There needs to be a stand made.
Not one against water drinkers or smokers or doughnut eaters or gun owners, but one against intrusive, oppresive, assinine big (and ever-growing) government.

But when I see voters and taxpayers with these kind of attitudes expressed in the article, I fear there is little hope.