Saturday, January 28, 2006

See: Loop, Continuous

In Tennessee (made famous by the song of same name by the 90s hip-hop group "Arrested Development"), drug dealers are expected to pay a tax on their income from dealing illegal drugs. They pay this tax confidentially, and then get a stamp to verify they have paid. If they are arrested on drug charges without the stamp, they get charged with tax fraud as well. The revenue from this stamp "goes to fighting drugs."

I don't want to pass judgment on the great state of Tennessee, but seriously. What the Eff? Maybe I'm not understanding the program, and maybe they've already taken this into account, but wouldn't the money be better spent on things like education and early childhood development? By taxing the drug trade you legitimize it, and as such you might as well lose all pretexts and spend your money trying to help the groups most susceptible to drug abuse to become better educated so that they'll find better jobs and become less likely to turn to drugs. Maybe they do that anyway. I don't have all the facts, but I still think the article's hilarious.

1 comment:

xtrachromosomeconservative said...

It would be interesting to see if this gets challenged in court at some point. I could see the ACLU taking this on.