TLF: Bottled Water: The New Cigarette?

Of course, I do not mean that that it is bad for you, though there are reports that show it is really bad to keep reusing the same bottle (the type you get when you buy a bottle of water), as they get lots and lots of germs. No, I mean in terms of taxes

Chicago should cash in on the bonanza of bottled water sales — and help clean up the environment — by slapping a tax of 10 to 25 cents on the cost of every bottle, a Southwest Side alderman said Monday.

At a time when Chicagoans are bracing for post-election tax increases to close a $217 million budget gap, Ald. George Cardenas (12th) said he can think of no better or more lucrative idea to add to the menu than a bottled water tax.

"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 Daley’s staunchest City Council supporters.

Welcome to Liberal World! Behavior? You must pay for it. Good, bad, healthy, unhealthy, it doesn’t matter. Government is there to step in and tax you for it, like it or not. They never met a tax increase they did not like, especially if it harms the economy. Except on abortions, of course.

"Bottled water is a safe, healthy, convenient beverage that consumers find refreshing. Any action that would discourage consumers from drinking this healthy beverage is a bad idea and not in the public interest," said Joseph Doss, president of the International Bottled Water Association.

He must be part of Big Water. Will they trot out some apologists from the industry next? 😉

In Liberal World, any tax (except on abortion!) is "in the public interest," because their doctrine says the money you earn by working is not really yours, but the governments. They never seem to get the very, very, very simple concept that lowering taxes allows people to keep more of their money, which they then spend, while, conversely, if taxes are raised, people spend less on consumer goods.

What’s next? Maybe a tax on microwave meals. Or, how about on those pre-cooked chickens at the supermarket? Everyone loves those. Shouldn’t there be a cost associated with that behavior? Or how about soap, shampoo, shaving cream, and toothpaste? Putting an extra 10-20 cent tax on that behavior would raise quite a bit of money, eh?

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