I was talking with one of my guys in the Capitol the other day, and he mentioned that his office was getting a lot of calls opposing Governor Doyle\’s proposed $1.25 cigarette tax increase. Apparently, some stores are passing out cards with their cigarettes that say \”call your legislator and oppose the increased cigarette tax.\” (Someone call the good government groups – someone is trying to influence legislation without their consent!)
There\’s a more interesting angle, though. He said that 90% of the people that call to attack Doyle\’s tax increase suggest something else to tax. They say, \”why don\’t you tax the rich,\” or \”try taxing alcohol more,\” or suggest taxing porn or fast food.
So here you have a group of people who have been targeted to pay a new politically popular tax suggesting other people should pay a higher tax that they deem politically popular. They\’ve bought into the whole notion that you should tax people based on how much we like them. They think we should tax people that the public dislikes – without realizing that they are those people.