Sure, you might have been expecting a nice wrapup from the Craft Brewers Conference and trust me, it’s coming. I need a little more time to work on it so that it can be in proper overly verbose form. However, I just returned to my computer and saw a little news item and had to share.

The article is this: Washington House OKs tax plan. That’s the state, not D.C., by the way.

In it, I found this gem, emphasis mine:

The proposal would raise taxes on candy and gum, soda, bottled water and mass-production beer.

[…]

Republicans were united against the bill, contending it wouldn’t treat people equally. Rep. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, noted that beer from large out-of-state breweries is taxed an extra 50 cents a gallon, or about a nickel for a 12-ounce can, but more expensive beer from microbreweries is exempt from the tax.

Hey – that sounds pretty awesome for small brewers, right? Woo! That’s great! Go Washington State! Now check out what followed it up:

“This Legislature couldn’t even be fair on how it raises the tax on beer,” he said. “You stick it to the working man and give the high-fallutin’, high-paid guy in Seattle a break.”

You have got to be fucking kidding me.

Dear Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale,

Please spend some time with the people who run both types of these businesses and then come back and tell me who is the working man and who is the high-fallutin’, high-paid guy.

Oh, I know you’re talking about the consumer, but these beers – along with gum, soda, etc – are luxury items, not necessities. Nobody needs to buy beer. The consumer can choose to not buy a luxury item that they deem too expensive, that means by raising taxes on these items the person that you are ultimately sticking it to is the producer, not the consumer.

Go back to my first sentence, wash, rinse, repeat.

Sincerely,
Me

P.S. – Asshat.

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Posted By: erik
Last Edit: 11 Apr 2010 @ 12 18 PM

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