New York seeks to tax existence.

A desire to piss away more tax dollars rather than reign in spending (crazy talk), New York Governor David Paterson wants to tax everything, or damn near.

The governor is proposing creating taxes on the following: audio/video/photo downloads, taxi/limo/bus rides, entertainment of damn near any sort, beer (an outrage!), clothes and shoes, cable and satellite (as if that stuff doesn’t cost enough already), non-diet sodas (behavior enhancement) and much, much more.

Remember this famous quote from President Reagan?

Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.

Paterson seems to have only learned the sentiment mocked in the quote and not the meaning behind it.


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