Where’s the Tea Party when the tax on tea goes up?

I see the Legislature is in the process of raising the sales tax on food.

I have no clue why. Apparently someone is worried the high sales tax on non-food items is scaring business away, although since Utah’s economy is doing better than the rest of the nation, this is an odd claim.

The debate as reported here (click) sums up both sides pretty well. Anyone can see that the poor buy less stuff than the rich or even well-off, or moderately not really hurting folks do. So this is an obvious tax hike on them.

It will be interesting to see if all those tea party folks, the older ones living on socialized income (social security) and socialized medicine (medicare) realize that this is going to raise the tax on the tea bag they use to decorate their hat rims.

Of course, the poor also can’t complain because they lack resources and, frankly, the time. So what the heck, smack them and give the richer folk a break.

Makes as much sense as anything else these days.

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4 Responses to Where’s the Tea Party when the tax on tea goes up?

  1. Bob Becker says:

    Right on, Charlie. I remember all that Utah Republican rhetoric about taxes have to go down, we’re absolutely not raising taxes while the economy is down, or ever… oh, except the tax on food. That’s different. Somehow, raising that one isn’t a job killer and doesn’t violate Republican principles.

    And this is coming from the same gang over in the legislature that sees nothing wrong with lobbyists providing more than a hundred breakfasts, lunches, dinners for the legislature this session. [The SL Trib has the story here: http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/51307992-90/events-lawmakers-legislators-groups.html.csp ]. And what does Ogden’s very own Rep. Brad “Free Lunch For Me!” Dee think about all that free food for legislators? Why, he thinks it’s just fine. As he told the SL Trib: “When I come in here to vote, I don’t think about — or even really know — who has bought us a dinner and who hasn’t.” Right. The lobbyists spend thousands buying free meals for legislators year after year because they know all that spending won’t affect their votes in any way. Sure. Anyone who believes that also believes in the tooth fairy, Santa Claus,the Great Pumpkin and that Bill Clinton never inhaled.

    Hell, if I was getting to eat free for 45 days on lobbyists, I might not be worried about doubling the tax on food for the rest of us poor schnooks who aren’t getting fed free by lobbyists — which is exactly what the Utah Senate voted to do today.

  2. Neal Humphrey says:

    What Dr. Bob said AND, any sales tax on food is a sin. The greatest impact of this pernicious tax will be on the working poor and the elderly on fixed incomes.

    • Tim Hansen says:

      Thank you sir. To merely take from the poor to help the many is a despicable act. The idea of government, (i.e. representation of the people), seeking to help all of it’s citizens seems like a better notion to me.

  3. Ben Pales says:

    Just when I think that I can’t be surprised by this State, I get surprised again. Where are ALL of the Fiscal Conservative, Tea Partiers??? Oh that’s right, the poor generally don’t vote, and lack the resources to go after our good Senator. Sure am glad that Betty did’nt win this seat. Think of all the good she would of done for the poor, instead of hosing them.

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