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Congressional BID FOR 145% BEER-TAX HIKE
NY Post ^ | May 21, 2009 | staff writer

Posted on 05/22/2009 6:48:44 AM PDT by yankeedame

BID FOR 145% BEER-TAX HIKE

WASHINGTON -- Drunk on power and dazed by ambition, members of Congress have stumbled upon a novel way to keep their spending binge rolling -- and leave American taxpayers with the hangover.

Under a Senate proposal, Congress would raise the federal excise tax on beer by 145 percent to more than $3 a case.

Uncle Sam also would snatch an additional $7 on a case of wine -- a staggering increase of 233 percent and an additional 20 percent on hard liquor sales.

"Buzz-kill doesn't even begin to describe this invasion," said a GOP congressional aide....

Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) were quick to say they do not necessarily support the proposals they pitched. They were tossing them out there only as options for paying for President Obama's proposed massive government takeover of the health- care industry.

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1 posted on 05/22/2009 6:48:44 AM PDT by yankeedame
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To: yankeedame

but the promise was to not raise taxes on those making under $250k...


2 posted on 05/22/2009 6:49:43 AM PDT by GeorgiaDawg32 (I'm a Patriot Guard Rider..www.patriotguard.org for info..)
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To: yankeedame

Anarchy!!!!!


3 posted on 05/22/2009 6:50:27 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Life, Liberty and the Department of Happiness)
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To: yankeedame

Beer party!


4 posted on 05/22/2009 6:50:40 AM PDT by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG 49) "Freedom's Fortress")
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To: yankeedame

is this the same bill that has a nickel a can tax on soda? and a myriad of other taxes??


5 posted on 05/22/2009 6:51:04 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: yankeedame

Time to break out the homebrew equipment again. Torches and pitchforks wouldn’t be a bad idea, either.


6 posted on 05/22/2009 6:53:21 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.)
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To: yankeedame
they were talking about taxing soda last week. chocolate is probably next. sometime in The year 2 of The Savior Obama, he will tax you for being overweight.

a certain number of dollars for every pound that you are over your Nationally Mandated Weight Allowance.

7 posted on 05/22/2009 6:53:36 AM PDT by JohnBrowdie
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To: yankeedame

Didn’t the state of Oregon recently enacted a massive tax on beer? And never-you-mind that one of the biggest industries in Oregon is the microbreweries...


8 posted on 05/22/2009 6:55:10 AM PDT by John123 (The US may be going down the drain, but everyone else will drown first...)
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To: yankeedame

Doh! Now I wish I had voted for the old wrinkly guy.
9 posted on 05/22/2009 6:55:25 AM PDT by dblshot
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To: GeorgiaDawg32
but the promise was to not raise taxes on those making under $250k...

Methinks that they are TRYING to get us to revolt. There cannot be any other reason. Well, one other reason, maybe they are trying to see how much we will tolerate. I am not going to tolerate much more.
10 posted on 05/22/2009 6:55:59 AM PDT by Eagle of Liberty (This nation must not die on our watch.)
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To: yankeedame
"Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) were quick to say they do not necessarily support the proposals they pitched."

I have so many things to say about these two. I really do. So many.

11 posted on 05/22/2009 6:56:59 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (ALSO SPRACH ZEROTHUSTRA)
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To: GeronL
is this the same bill that has a nickel a can tax on soda? and a myriad of other taxes??

Yep. They are trying to tax anything that DEAR LEADER and his COMRADES IN CONGRESS deem unhealthy life decisions as they try to fund Universal Healthcare.
12 posted on 05/22/2009 6:57:44 AM PDT by Eagle of Liberty (This nation must not die on our watch.)
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To: GeronL

“The Senate Committee is focusing on behaviors that contribute to the country’s rising medical costs. Rumor has it they are also looking at adding a tax to soda and other sugar laden drinks which are thought to have a causal connection to obesity. The wine producers claim since wine has shown some health benefits it shouldn’t be included in a “lifestyle choice” tax.”

From http://www.examiner.com/x-6989-Ft-Lauderdale-City-Buzz-Examiner~y2009m5d21-Beer-tax-to-rise-if-Congress-gets-their-waywhats-next

....Bob


13 posted on 05/22/2009 6:58:03 AM PDT by Lokibob (When handed lemons...Refuse to sign for them. Life's lemons can't be delivered without a signature.)
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To: Kerretarded

is there a list of things being proposed for tax in this bill somewhere??


14 posted on 05/22/2009 6:58:49 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: yankeedame

With all that stockpiled ammo out there, I whole-heartedly support the Beer Tax... as long as I don’t have to stand anywhere near a Congresscritter who voted for it.


15 posted on 05/22/2009 6:59:49 AM PDT by Little Ray (Do we have a Plan B?)
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To: andy58-in-nh

Those mountains still’s will crank up and the Hatfields and McCoy’s will be at it again, to see whose Mountain Dew gets to the local bootleggers. Fun..Fun...


16 posted on 05/22/2009 7:00:03 AM PDT by rovenstinez
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To: yankeedame

I think the states need to expand the Montana Gun State Right issue to Alcohol and Tobacco. Make it a nice, easily understood acronym like ATF. Those are the real cash cows.


17 posted on 05/22/2009 7:00:28 AM PDT by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: yankeedame

It’s gonna be so much fun to live under our new dear leader.


18 posted on 05/22/2009 7:01:11 AM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (Mr. Bernanke, have you started working on your book about the second GREATER depression?")
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To: yankeedame
They were tossing them out there only as options for paying for President Obama's proposed massive government takeover of the health- care industry.

OK, let's stop paying for NPR. Eliminate non-profit status for Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and the ACLU. Assess a 245% tax on Birkenstock's, organic food, and Starbucks coffee. Levy a 345% tax on Michael Moore movies or any assets held by people whose name rhymes with Soros.

19 posted on 05/22/2009 7:01:13 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: yankeedame

I said this before, Obama will go for massive SIN tax hikes to raise the money he desperately needs. Beer, whiskey, cigarettes, and junk food. $11.25 a pack cigarettes here we come...


20 posted on 05/22/2009 7:01:21 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: GeronL

Not sure.


21 posted on 05/22/2009 7:01:56 AM PDT by Eagle of Liberty (This nation must not die on our watch.)
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To: yankeedame

Time to learn home brewing.


22 posted on 05/22/2009 7:02:13 AM PDT by oyez (To the extent veterans read it as an accusation -- and apology is owed(i.e. not given))
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To: yankeedame

Spread the pain I say. O taxed the bejeezus out of my cigars a few months ago to little comment.


23 posted on 05/22/2009 7:03:01 AM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution - 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: JohnBrowdie
"a certain number of dollars for every pound that you are over your Nationally Mandated Weight Allowance."

That won't go over very well in welfare communities. Some of those Mama's are 400lbs overweight.

24 posted on 05/22/2009 7:03:29 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: Nathan Zachary

Sad part is that “The proposed tax on alcohol is estimated to raise $60 billion over the next 10 years” is only a drop in the bucket when they are estimating that it will cost 1.5 TRILLION for Universal Healthcare in this country and that is probably a severe underestimation.


25 posted on 05/22/2009 7:03:31 AM PDT by Eagle of Liberty (This nation must not die on our watch.)
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To: Lokibob
"The wine producers claim since wine has shown some health benefits it shouldn’t be included in a “lifestyle choice” tax.”

Beer should fall into this same category. My Grandfather used to have a bowl of beer (room temperature) with stale bread floating in it every day of his life. He lived until 98.

26 posted on 05/22/2009 7:04:09 AM PDT by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: GeorgiaDawg32
but the promise was to not raise taxes on those making under $250k...

I'll drink to that!...oh hang on...

27 posted on 05/22/2009 7:04:09 AM PDT by Wil H (The most destructive act of Muslim terrorism against the US was paying for 0bama's Harvard education)
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

When Republicans backed and Bush signed the on anti on line gambling act, a lot of young would be conservatives sat on their hands in 2006 and we lost the congress. It was that one issue that was a losing issue for a lot of folks.

The Dem’s may be looking at a similar debacle if they pass this booze tax!


28 posted on 05/22/2009 7:04:23 AM PDT by mdmathis6
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To: Lokibob
The Senate Committee is focusing on behaviors that contribute to the country’s rising medical costs.

And this is BEFORE socialized healthcare is put into place!

Just imagine what they are going to do AFTER they have full control........

29 posted on 05/22/2009 7:04:46 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: yankeedame
Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) were quick to say they do not necessarily support the proposals they pitched.

These guys are pure idiots...if this is not Taxation without Representation, I don't know what is.

It was 3 pennies per pound that started the Boston Tea Party!!!!

30 posted on 05/22/2009 7:05:23 AM PDT by IrishPennant (Obama: Succeeding Where Bin Laden Failed)
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To: andy58-in-nh

and just like people who rolled their own cigarettes, taxes will be massively increased on the ingredients making home-brew just as expensive..just watch and see..


31 posted on 05/22/2009 7:06:22 AM PDT by GeorgiaDawg32 (I'm a Patriot Guard Rider..www.patriotguard.org for info..)
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To: neodad

This is a much better idea than a tea party.


32 posted on 05/22/2009 7:06:34 AM PDT by bmwcyle (American voters can fix this world if they would just wake up.)
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To: Nathan Zachary

I wonder who supplies dear leader with his cigarettes, and how much in tax he pays for them. Moot question—I’m sure obammy doesn’t pay for much out of his own pocket.


33 posted on 05/22/2009 7:07:09 AM PDT by basil ( It's time to eliminate all "Gun Free Zones")
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To: bmwcyle

Yea...at a Beer Party we can have hot chicks!!!

34 posted on 05/22/2009 7:07:51 AM PDT by IrishPennant (Obama: Succeeding Where Bin Laden Failed)
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To: oyez
“Time to learn home brewing.”

The Kenyon Commie will do the same as he did to roll your own tobacco, 2200% tax increase!!

35 posted on 05/22/2009 7:08:02 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: yankeedame

Alcohol is so easy to make.
Water+turboyeast+sugar and in a few days you get 40 proof swill for almost no $$$

Of course they will probably tax sugar and yeast before it’s all over.


36 posted on 05/22/2009 7:08:17 AM PDT by Bobalu (Don't despair, it will all be over soon.)
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To: yankeedame

Now this tax is a great idea.

Let the nanny state do it.

Watch what happens.

All this time we been talking about philosophy. It’s all about the beer, stupid.

Overreach? The word does not suffice.


37 posted on 05/22/2009 7:08:30 AM PDT by StAntKnee (I keep thinking I'm gonna wake up from this dream theatre of the absurd.)
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To: oyez
"Time to learn home brewing."

Na. Beer is cheap in the USA. even if the price doubled it will still be cheap. When it gets up to $24 a 12 pack like Canada, (and it will with Obama)then start brewing your own.

38 posted on 05/22/2009 7:08:43 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: rovenstinez
Well, it will be great to hear Foggy Mountain Breakdown playing again as I get chased by them "Revenooers" in my old jalopy deliverin' Mason jars of white lightning to the boys down at the Broken Spoke. Yeeeehaaaw!! Hey: if we're gonna relive the Great Depression, we might as well have some fun!!!!
39 posted on 05/22/2009 7:08:45 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.)
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To: IrishPennant

Oh boy, drunk, easy conservative chicks.


40 posted on 05/22/2009 7:10:25 AM PDT by bmwcyle (American voters can fix this world if they would just wake up.)
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To: Bobalu
Water+turboyeast+sugar and in a few days you get 40 proof swill

Hang on, I'll be right over!

41 posted on 05/22/2009 7:10:57 AM PDT by palmer (Cooperating with Obama = helping him extend the depression and implement socialism.)
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To: yankeedame

Higher taxes, decreased purchases, less tax collected. How do they not know this?

A black market might do very well, though.


42 posted on 05/22/2009 7:11:01 AM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: Kerretarded
"Sad part is that “The proposed tax on alcohol is estimated to raise $60 billion over the next 10 years” is only a drop in the bucket when they are estimating that it will cost 1.5 TRILLION for Universal Healthcare in this country and that is probably a severe underestimation."

I.5 trillion isn't just a severe underestimation, it's a joke. That's less than what it costs in Canada for 30 million people. It will cost at LEAST 10 times that here, plus cause a massive collapse of the insurance industry, and massive layoffs.

43 posted on 05/22/2009 7:12:00 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: bmwcyle

Tag me...I’m in!


44 posted on 05/22/2009 7:14:00 AM PDT by IrishPennant (Obama: Succeeding Where Bin Laden Failed)
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To: yankeedame

I’ll have to start making my own.


45 posted on 05/22/2009 7:14:04 AM PDT by b4its2late (There is always one more imbecile than you counted on.)
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To: yankeedame

Time for another spot of TEA.


46 posted on 05/22/2009 7:15:25 AM PDT by servantboy777
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To: b4its2late
I’ll have to start making my own.

I can teach you if you like to drink ales, porters and bocks.
47 posted on 05/22/2009 7:15:33 AM PDT by Eagle of Liberty (This nation must not die on our watch.)
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To: yankeedame

Knock-Knock—Hello GOP, anybody home? This is a hanging curve right down the middle of the plate. Any leader(s) worth even 1/10th of one cajone should be out there SCREAMING about the tyrannical, oppressive government tactics foisted on the American people. Or have the limp weenies forgotten this nation’s founding history fighting the tyrrany of Britain?


48 posted on 05/22/2009 7:15:42 AM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: Bobalu
Alcohol is so easy to make. Water+turboyeast+sugar and in a few days you get 40 proof swill for almost no $$$

Just brew beer and distill it.

49 posted on 05/22/2009 7:19:10 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: tflabo
Knock-Knock—Hello GOP, anybody home? This is a hanging curve right down the middle of the plate. From the article: Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)

A member of the GOP is behind this ridiculous idea..

50 posted on 05/22/2009 7:20:45 AM PDT by GeorgiaDawg32 (I'm a Patriot Guard Rider..www.patriotguard.org for info..)
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