Sunday, March 27, 2011

Tax the bumwad

I remember a lesson from school. People in the Bad Olde Days in Europe in one country has dark, smelly houses.  Because they had very few windows.  Because the government there laid a tax on the number of windows a house had: the more windows, the more tax. So people, not being completely dumb, built houses with few windows, people could not throw the non-existent windows open to admit fresh air and sunshine, their house were dark and smelly.

The subtext I took away was that the people in charge Back Then were egregious butt-heads, we were much more enlightened in the modern age.

Recalling the lesson that you get less of what you tax ... maybe not so much.

(Omaha) Mayor Jim Suttle went to Washington Tuesday flush with ideas for how federal officials could help cities like Omaha pay for multibillion-dollar sewer projects.

Among the items on his brainstorming list: a proposal for a 10-cent federal tax on every roll of toilet paper you buy.

Based on the four-pack price for Charmin double rolls Tuesday at a midtown Hy-Vee, such a tax would add more than 10 percent to the per-roll price, pushing it over a buck.

Adding 10% to the price of anything is a pretty steep tax, nu? Makes baby wipes, and 'soap on a washcloth' look like a better and better deal.
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