Monday, June 01, 2009

Never The Answer

Although the ends may be worthy, we should never justify means that run counter to all we hold dear.

Case in point:

Despite having its best season ever, the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets are hemorrhaging money. The owner's solution: increase taxes on beer (as well as wine, liquor, and cigarettes). According to proponents of the plan, raising duties on a gallon of beer by 25 cents, a gallon of wine by 32 cents, a gallon of spirits by $3.00, and a pack of cigarettes by 4.5 cents would increase tax revenue by $65 million, which "would help offset team losses and help the county pay for a bond sale to buy the arena."

Keeping your hockey team in town is a noble goal. But raising beer taxes to realize that goal is not the answer.

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