Pardon my ignorance, but do you guys and gals picture internal auditors working in windowless broom closets, only leaving when they have to catch a plane to some remote location in flyover country to conduct procedures that they've done so many times that they dream about checklists and, on the rare occasion, find inconsequential errors […]
They want to replace a mildly progressive tax with a decidedly regressive tax and make the argument about fairness? You can have an articulate argument about whether income taxes deter economic development. You can have an argument about whether such taxes lead to out migration of people and firms. Heck you can have a philosophical argument about whether society should be able to tax the fruit of your labor (or your trust fund). But you cannot argue with a straight face that replacing an income tax with a broad based sales tax (one that taxes necessities) is fair. That insults people’s intelligence. [David Brunori]
He was calling them during important votes!
With less than a week to go until the election and Vitter leading by about 16 points, Charlie Melancon figures this particular line of attack can’t hurt anything.
At midnight this morning, a sales tax holiday began in the Bayou State on anything covered under the Second Amendment and a whole bunch of other stuff too.
Louisiana even went to the trouble of slapping together a 30-second ad:
Shockingly, American flags were completely omitted from this ad, which leads us to believe that there isn’t any political motive here, although this is only the second “Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday.” You can safely assume that prior to 2009, Louisianians were not in fear of their freedom being taken away from them but since arackbay bamaoay started running things, people are arming themselves to the teeth for the impending roundup of gun snatching by the Feds.
For reference, here’s a list of everything that will be tax free but it boils down to this:
• Accessories designed to be used for hunting.
• Shotguns, rifles, pistols, revolvers or other handguns.
• Ammunition intended to be fired from a gun or firearm.
• Animal feed for consumption by game which can be legally hunted.
• Apparel such as safety gear, camouflage clothing, jackets, hats, gloves, mittens, face masks and thermal underwear for use while hunting.
• Off-road vehicles such as all terrain vehicles designed for hunting.
Not listed above but included in the exemption are “Knives that are manufactured and marketed as being primarily for use in hunting,” in case you’re one of those cold-blooded types that prefer killing with your bare hands. This does not include the amazing Ginsu Knife™ or other kitchen miracle blades.
Also not exempt are hunting dogs (taxed?) nor are “toy guns [Ed. note: wait, guns aren’t toys?] and vessels or off road vehicles utilized as children’s toys.” Additionally, “golf carts, bikes, motorcycles, tractors, or motor vehicles which may be legally driven on highways,” aren’t eligible.
So load up people. Hunting season is right around the corner. Although, for the sake of peace, try to leave the Democrats alone.
2010 Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday is Sept. 3rd, 4th, & 5th [LA Dept. of Rev. via Don’t Mess with Taxes]