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To discourage something, tax it
By Jay Jones


August 31, 2007
Friday PM

Craig Moen hit the nail on the head. If you want to discourage something, you tax it. That includes income, property, sales, assets, inventory, and cruise ships and their passengers.

We would fare better in arguments if we'd just stick to the principle of free people in a free country entering into agreements with each other without government interference (or subsidy).

The jewelry stores are not eyesores nor do they pose a danger to public health or safety. Therefore the initiative is probably going down in court if it does pass.

I get a kick out of the people who shout "Let the market decide" while they turn a selective (selfish, corrupt) or ignorant blind eye to local boondoggle pocket-lining such as Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, Alaska Marine Highway and Ketchikan Public Utilities (City). The aforementioned entities as well as many others waste or steal your taxes while directly adding to the cost of living while claiming to add to the quality of living.

Let the market decide if there should be a bridge to Gravina. Electric rates will continue to rise to subsidize the city-run cable. "The Government shall make no law establishing religion". How about "The Government shall make no law establishing business".

Jay Jones
Ketchikan, AK

Received August 31, 2007 - Published August 31, 2007

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