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Oregon Proposes a 1900% Beer Tax Increase

February 16, 2009

 Now that the smoking nazis have had their way with the smokers they are moving on to the next sin that needs to be taxed into oblivion, alcohol. In reality these people do not want to tax anything into oblivion, there would be no taxes to be paid if that were the end result. They just want to keep raising the taxes as high as they feel people can be pushed into paying.

 Oregon is now proposing a 1900%, that is not a typo, 1900% tax increase on beer.

Four Portland legislators joined a Springfield senator to introduce Oregon House Bill 2461, which would impose a $49.61 tax on each barrel of beer produced by Oregon brewers

 Naturally, as is the same with cigarettes, they are arguing that it is for the consumers own good. Because alcohol can be addicting they claim that the money will be used to combat alcoholism, but that is just the excuse. This is the same argument used for raising the taxes on cigarettes.

 The truth is that if the government really gave a damn about ending a person’s nicotine or alcohol addiction they wouldn’t raise taxes on these products; they would outlaw them. The truth is also that the government knows that it can get away with taxing these products because these people are addicts. they are taking advantage of a person’s addiction to raise more revenue for the state.

How sick and perverted is that? It is criminal.

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. llabesab permalink
    February 16, 2009 9:37 pm

    That’s because the average Oregonian drinks Chardonnay from a “pinky glass.” Or a Merlot , “..with a fruity boquet which leaps to the palate and has a “nose” of berries, juleps, mint and oysters.”

    There are no “six-pack Joes” in Oregon. So that tax will be revenue neutral; it will cost more to enforce/collect than the tax dollars collected.


  2. February 16, 2009 10:30 pm

    I can’t believe they would even entertain this…


  3. February 17, 2009 11:05 am

    What I’m more shocked at is the verbage: “on each barrel of beer produced by Oregon brewers”. So there is no increase on the beverage tax for beer made in WI, MO, or CO (just examples)? Isn’t this one of those taxes that looks good to some group but only accomplishes the shipping of jobs and profits to another state? Genius… not.


  4. Alfie permalink
    February 17, 2009 11:46 am

    I hear spending tax money is pretty addictive. Let’s help the humps break the habit.


  5. February 17, 2009 12:34 pm

    Tax revolt? I’ve already started, what are you waiting on?


  6. February 17, 2009 3:56 pm

    Divide and conquer. I spent 20 years working for Reynolds tobacco and I can tell you first hand what it’s like being on THAT end of tax wars. It sucks cause you know your side will win a battle once in a while, but never win the war. I also knew that booze was next in line, followed by a bunch of other industries. Divide and conquer!


  7. February 18, 2009 10:14 am

    Okay Mr. Pink Eyes – SLAP me REALLY hard. I think I am still sleeping!


    • February 18, 2009 7:06 pm

      You’re not dreaming, sorry. This was the next logical “item” to go after, and now they are. Whats next?


  8. Deb permalink
    February 18, 2009 7:15 pm

    Oregon. Are they having a contest with Washington state to see who can sink lower, and try to control more? Who can believe any justification for this? I guess there won’t be as much beer brewed in Oregon. (?huh? I didn’t know there was.)


  9. February 18, 2009 7:17 pm

    New Hampshire isn’t much better anymore.


  10. Mark permalink
    June 6, 2010 8:03 am

    The looters in government have to be voted out. We have no one to blame but ourselves. Keep in mind many of these politicians aren’t even from Oregon originally. Why are we voting for carpet baggers who come to Oregon only to shake down the citizens and businesses. Oregon is famous for its microbeers. If this tax goes into effect, that will be a thing of the past, much like the middle class. The rich oligarchs in government have to go.


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