Oregon revenue hunt comes to a head: beer
With cuts looming in social services and not enough money for health care, lawmakers in Salem are eyeing the frosty winter ale in Keith McCowan's pint as a possible revenue godsend.
Never before, it seems, has the climate been so ripe to raise taxes on sin. Democrats command supermajorities in both chambers, which means they can increase taxes without Republican votes.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: government has one source of revenue and that is us. They can "look" for another "leg on the stool" but it's just coming out of a different pocket in your pants.
But the Oregonian makes it sound like this is our benevolent legislators who are just trying to provide health care for the needy going up against evil lobbyists for the beer industry. At least we get a wonderful preview of things to come by looking at the Oregon Health Plan. The money pit that can never be filled.