You may remember that I posted an article on “Taxing the Life Out of Porn” a couple of months ago. I actually sent it to my syndication manager and it went out around the country and was picked up internationally on several websites and press outlets including a large web news outlet. Let’s just say that the feedback from the pornographers has been, well, er…”less than gracious.” I recently did a websearch on my name to find that one website (and NO, I will NOT link it here) actually has a whole page devoted to me with my name and a suggestion that is both immoral and offensive. As we say in the country, “Throw a rock down a dark alley and the dog that yelps loudest is the one you probably hit.”
I’m pleased to tell you that this idea of putting a “sin tax” on porn has gained some momentum. Today, at 4:00, none other than FOX NEWS financial guru, Neil Cavuto will be discussing the idea of adding pornography to the sin tax list.
As I’ve said repeatedly, rare is the tax that I like and I’m philosophically opposed to using taxation for the purpose of social engineering. But, I’m willing to pragmatically put aside my economic values for the sake of making life a bit more miserable for porno-kings and their mindless minions.
My good friend who is an attorney tells me I’m whistling through my hat. He contends that assigning a special tax to a (albeit a slimey) portion of the “media” is more than a little likely to be interpretted as a violation of the First Amendment. That may be the case, but I’d still like to give it a shot.
After we run this by the courts, I’d like to see a sharp group of class action litigators go after the alcohol companies for the tens of thousands of deaths that are caused each year by drunk driving, drunk violence and disease. Hey, if we can do it to the tobacco companies and the pharmaceutical folks, why can’t we go after Bud, Jack Daniels and the boys? There’s a lot of money waiting to be “harvested” guys — go for it!
If you missed my article the first time, click HERE.