Thursday, January 24, 2008

Spitzer 'Cracks' Up

The idiotic plan to give driver's licenses to illegal aliens was bad enough, but that was obviously pandering for votes in a heavily blue state.

This latest idea from New York Governor Eliot Spitzer is so mind-numbingly crazy, it makes you wonder whether he's sampling the product he's looking to tax.

ALBANY - Dealers and users who pay a proposed state levy on illicit drugs - dubbed the "crack tax" by critics - would not be turned over to police by tax officials under a plan being pushed by Gov. Spitzer.

Spitzer, in his 2008-09 budget proposal unveiled Tuesday, said he wants to create a tax stamp for illegal drugs, similar to such stamps used for cigarettes, which he says would raise $13 million in the coming fiscal year and $17 million annually after that.
Let's forget for a minute the horrors brought on by the crack epidemic in the late 1980's. Who in their right mind thinks crack dealers are going to follow the law and pay a tax on their product?
According to a memo explaining the eyebrow-raising proposal, "The bill contains a unique and strict secrecy requirement, preserving the confidentiality of any information obtained from a dealer."

Disclosure of the information in some cases would be allowed for a criminal or civil proceeding involving taxes.

But "the bill specifically provides that none of the information may be used against the dealer in any criminal proceeding [other than a tax crime] unless it has been obtained independently," the memo said.

Dubbing it the "crack tax," state Sen. Martin Golden, a Brooklyn Republican and former city cop, called Spitzer's plan "another pie-in-the-sky idea that really has no legitimacy, and hopefully is not a first step toward legalizing drugs."

The plan, modeled after one in North Carolina, would require arrested drug dealers or users to purchase different tax stamps from the state.

"Upon receipt of the product, the dealer must affix enough stamps to the packages of marihuana [as it's spelled in official state legislative documents] or the controlled substance in order to show the tax has been fully paid," according to the proposal.

A tax stamp for marijuana would cost $3.50 per gram, while one for a controlled substance, "whether pure or dilute[d]," would be $200 per gram.

Experience in other states shows that stamp collectors, not drug dealers, are the ones purchasing the tax stamps.

The taxes and any applicable fines and penalties in those states are typically collected after a person is charged and their drugs seized by police.
Somehow, the geniuses in his administration have an inkling they may not exactly be expecting a cash windfall.
Spitzer aides said they realize it's highly unlikely any drug dealers would come forward to purchase tax stamps.
Duh. So why even proposes something so idiotic.

Over to you Mrs. Clinton.

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