If we’re going to try to tax certain groups of people in Missouri for their bad habits, we certainly shouldn’t stop with tobacco users. I can think of a few others we can tax. How about overweight people? They are prone to diabetes and other illnesses, which ultimately the taxpayers have to pay for.
We could have everyone weigh in when they pay their personal property taxes. If they are over the limit, we could charge them so much a pound. This would bring in a lot of money for the state.
How about those people in wheelchairs? The taxpayers have to foot the bill for all those ramps, and yet only those in wheelchairs benefit. I would certainly vote for a tax on those people.
How about church-going people? We all know churches are big business, yet they pay no taxes. Not everybody goes to church, yet everyone but the churches have to pay taxes.
I’m sure that everyone can think of a segment of the population to tax. So let’s get those petitions going.
Harley A. Tompkins