A ‘Crack Tax’ In New York?

Democrats have never met a product or service, legal or illegal, that they didn’t want to tax. Add illegal drugs to the list.

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has proposed a “crack tax” that “would apply to cocaine, heroin and marijuana, and could be paid with pre-bought “tax stamps” affixed to the bags of dope. Ed Morrissey, a blog friend of mine who writes at Captain’s Quarters, rhetorically shoots the idea down more eloquently than I could hope to muster:

If he thinks that creating a new tax regime and enforcement mechanism on illegal drugs will bring in more money than it costs, then Spitzer must really be smoking something tax-free at the moment.

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