“The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them;
because they refuse to do judgment.” 21:7
The Libertarian pursuing his dream of Anarchy wants to legalize every vice under the sun and he calls that freedom. In an effort to achieve his bath-house utopia, he says, “If it is legal, then you can tax it.” In other words, he uses a hypocritical argument, to appeal to the easy money politician. I point out their rank hypocrisy, because their anarchist philosophy calls for the elimination of all taxes, yet they are advocating the creation of new taxes to promote their pet sins.
Even before the Volstead Act, America had no shortage of moonshiners who ran their “distilleries,” for the sole reason that they refused to pay the taxes levied on their “products.” Mobsters still peddle liquor. Do you think they pay taxes? (Al Capone was a known criminal in New York, before he moved to Chicago. He wasn’t an altar-boy before prohibition, so the law did not corrupt Al Capone, or anyone else for that matter.)
If drugs like marijuana and cocaine are legalized, who will pay the tax that the easy money boys are talking about? The street gangs and the mob will still be in “the business,” they will just be harder to catch. Maybe the small storefront owner who bakes hash-brownies might pay the tax, but he will pass that on to the consumer, aka, the user, aka the addict. That’s right; it is the addict who will pay the tax. Don’t believe me? Look at cigarette smokers.
Legislators surely must know, that by now, everyone who can quit smoking in an effort to avoid their high tax on cigarettes, has quit. The tax is increased with impunity, to the point where this addiction tax becomes a major expense, budgets don’t meet-up, and these same people turn to government assistance, for a government handout to pay the government’s addiction tax on cigarettes. The big cigarette companies aren’t hurting, the working class and the poor are. Why should we want more of the same, regarding marijuana, cocaine and heroin? If cigarette smoking is so destructive, then outlaw that said activity. It will drive smoking underground, but the force of law does make most people change their behavior, even if it is painful. Otherwise, keep the cigarette tax with-in reason. Government is not to engage in extortion. (By the way, quit smoking, it is well worth it to put that bad habit behind you. Cigarette, Alcohol and Drug Addiction aren’t diseases, they are sins; and you can quit.)
An addiction tax might produce easy money on paper, but it creates dependency, poverty, and crime. Good laws, faithfully enforced, won’t produce a utopia, but they are a far more effective answer to the problems of addiction and drug enhanced criminality.