Thursday, February 10, 2011

Grocery Taxes? Are You Nuts?

Which States Tax the Sale of Food for Home Consumption in 2009? — Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

What for the life of me is wrong with this picture?  TAXING GROCERIES FOR HOME CONSUMPTION?  Let's learn from a blunder that a certain RINO in California committed, and the backlash he received:  Remember when Pete Wilson was the Governor?  Well, let's say he allowed 1 serious mistake, which got Conservatives charging mad at him:  the Snack Tax!  That snafu only lived for a short time, and then suffered a huge defeat, when we Californians passed a ballot measure repealing the snack tax.  It stopped Pete Wilson from remaining a RINO, and after he learned the hard way, he redeemed himself by leaving California a surplus budget that George Deukmejian helped get rolling.  Of course, Wilson's follower Gray Davis blew it to bits, and started a deficit which we are still in, and sinking deeper into with Moonbeam (but that's another topic).  So let this be a lesson:  Taxing Food will bite you back!  Let's look at the States that tax groceries (taken from the provided link: 
  • Seven states tax groceries at lower rates than other goods; they are Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia. [1]
  • Five states — Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Oklahoma, and South Dakota— tax groceries fully but offer credits or rebates offsetting some of the taxes paid on food by some portions of the population. These credits or rebates usually are set at a flat amount per family member. The amounts and eligibility rules vary, but may be too narrow and/or insufficient to give eligible households full relief from sales taxes paid on food purchases.
  • Two states continue to apply their sales tax fully to food purchased for home consumption without providing any offsetting relief for low- and moderate-income families. They are Alabama and Mississippi.
  • Real brilliant, Guys! 
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