Wednesday, June 28, 2006

"Taxing the Wages of Sin"

The WSJ's Washington Wire offers an apt title for Senator Chuck Grassley's proposal to "enforce greater tax compliance by the nation’s pimps and sex traffickers."

I'm curious what inspired Grassley. A small bit of imagination yields a number of more relevant areas within the black economy where tax revenue might be generated.

One suggestion might be to crack down on the CD and DVD bootleggers that are easier to find in populous areas of NYC than sex workers. IRS investigators would have an absolute field day rounding up all of the bootleg merchandise that authorities so regularly turn a blind eye towards. Can't you just envision the scuffles between the grimy dude on the corner trying to sell you Spiderman 2 on DVD out of his worn plastic bag and the IRS investigator in his freshly pressed black suit? That's the stuff Chappelle skits are made of.

What are your suggestions for illegal economic activity the government should look to tax?


Brother Smartness said...

Dollar batteries sold on subways

Brother Smartness said...

Those kids that sell candy "not for no basketball team," but so they can "stay off the street and away from drugs." Those kids who only have M&M peanuts left...

Brother Spotless said...

I am convinced that our lawmakers are idiots...almost all of them. Ok, "idiots" may be extreme, but most of them represent extreme ideologies, while most of America is moderate. I truly believe that extremists (Grassley, Santorum, Inhofe, to name a few) get elected because moderates (sane individuals) look at the US Senate and the House of Representatives as a place filled with insane assholes, and therefore don't want any part of it (for sheer entertainment, watch the floor proceedings of the House of Representatives as they debate controversial issues like gay marriage and the Iraq War. You will see what I mean).

Yet another example of why it is uber important to vote. Don't mean to sound like a campaign manager, but it's time to put some common sense back in leadership roles.