Wednesday, January 16, 2019

California To Tax Drinking Water?

California Governor Gavin Newsome (D) wants to tax the state’s drinking water to create a “safe and affordable drinking water fund” for poor people. This new tax would, of course, be on top of all the other taxes that have made California one of the most expensive states in which to live. If Newsome’s water tax is implemented, virtually everything that a resident can ingest will be taxed. In addition, Newsome is widely believed to be seriously considering a tax on “breathing air.”
An anonymous source close to the governor said that, “since California already taxes wood, metal, fire and earth, the addition of water would mean that all five basic elements would then be utilized to generate much-needed revenue for the Golden State to take care of those who can’t take care of themselves…through no fault of their own. I think it stands to reason that the wealthy drink more water than poor people, just as they take more showers and wash their clothes more frequently. Plus, they tend to put water in their Scotch, whereas the homeless don’t. This imbalance is really a humanitarian crisis that needs to be addressed.” He went on to state: “And, once we have maxed out the revenue from everything that a person can take into their body, we will naturally need to focus on the things that come out of their body. To begin with, I’d look for an incremental excrement tax in the near future, perhaps as early as 2020. Let’s face it, the more people consume, the more they excrete. This isn’t fair to those who don’t happen to be life’s lottery winners, those who were assigned poor at birth.”
For some reason, 661,000 Californians fled the state in 2017 alone, the vast majority of them coincidentally relocating in states with less confiscatory tax policies. The stream of people leaving the People’s Republic and heading for red states far and wide will flow ever stronger with each new tax Governor Newsome tries to make residents swallow.

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