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Is the Playboy Mansion Tax Coming to California?

1 min readBy: Gerald Prante

Bunnies beware. The Los Angeles Times informs us of the latest ridiculous taxA tax is a mandatory payment or charge collected by local, state, and national governments from individuals or businesses to cover the costs of general government services, goods, and activities. proposals that choose to go after arbitrarily picked items (including pornography/strip clubs) by gutless politicians who don’t have the courage to raise a broad-based tax.

As state leaders hunt for politically palatable solutions to the swelling budget shortfall, some Democrats are proposing unorthodox ways to generate cash.

Strip clubs, six-packs, grocery bags and iTunes downloads are all in their sights as alternatives to broad income or sales taxA sales tax is levied on retail sales of goods and services and, ideally, should apply to all final consumption with few exemptions. Many governments exempt goods like groceries; base broadening, such as including groceries, could keep rates lower. A sales tax should exempt business-to-business transactions which, when taxed, cause tax pyramiding. hikes. So are gas guzzlers and yachts — and a tax loophole for criminals.

Despite tough odds of overcoming an oath signed by their Republican colleagues to stop any tax hikes, Democratic lawmakers seem confident that their ideas will carry the day. They predict the public won’t stand for painful cuts to schools (OH WON’T SOMEBODY PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN) and healthcare to close a shortfall the governor now pegs as high as $20 billion, and say anti-tax forces will ultimately have to accept that more revenue is needed to bring the state into the black.

The full article is highly recommended, but it may make you ask why we don’t take down the Statue of Liberty. The article also contains this note:

A coalition of porn stars, strippers and others in adult entertainment roamed the halls of the Capitol recently to lobby against the Calderon bill (AB 2914).

That had to be quite an unusual day for the politicians (or maybe not).