The pole tax and mandate politics
posted at 11:12 am on February 18, 2012 by Karl
Obligatory cheap shot: What would Rick Santorum think?
An Illinois lawmaker wants to tax admissions to strip clubs to raise money for sexual assault prevention, arguing that a mix of alcohol and nude dancing contribute to violence against women.
Whether adult entertainment contributes to violence against woment is a subject of much dispute. But the Santorum joke is not entirely unwarranted, as Blue Illinois is only following the model of Red Texas, where the state supreme court upheld a pole tax against a constitutional challenge. Of course, as with other Illinois tax hikes, there is the question of whether it will actually raise money, or simply kill businesses.
The story is small by itself, and amusing to some. But it is likely the wave of the future. Governments running out of money and unwilling to to rightsize will inevitably look for more sources of revenue. Sin taxes are an easy target. Tax-hungry progressives will need more sins, which is why sugar and transfats have made the list for demonization. As the State becomes more pinched, statists will increasingly turn to unfunded and underfunded mandate politics — Obamacare’s health insurance mandate being the most prominent example. And if everyone is required to purchase health insurance, the government will have much greater control over everything you do and everything you consume; just ask the tobacco companies.
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