posted on Jan, 18 2013 @ 05:45 AM
If anyone is interested as it is relevant to this to an extent but the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (and the Supreme Court affirms) that restrictions
of "violent" video games violates the 14th Amendment; as far as taxing them, that will have to be tested.
As such, taxing an item has to undergo certain tests and must meet muster (so to speak): Gasoline is taxed federally under the Highway Revenue Act of
1956 to help fund the creation and maintenance of the national interstate highway system. This excise tax serves a purpose (if it is actually
utilized is a different thread) and has a clearly defined role in what is taxed and what it funds. A large portion of citizens utilize some form of
highway and that tax is seen as an actual representative tax.
With that in mind, taxes on products; specifically products that Congress targets as needing to be taxed, never sit well with the general public as
they are typically small (which of course doesn't mean they are right, just that they are accepted). For example, the excise tax on alcohol sits
around $0.05 per serving; or around $18 per barrel. Those costs are passed onto the consumer but rarely have affect in the overall price of a
In contrast, the Federal government places an excise tax on tobacco products at an average of $1.00 per pack (or small cigar) and this tax, while
initially left a sour taste in some peoples' mouths, is again generally accepted.
Each of the above of course is billed as a tax to help fund "health" programs that the Federal government pays into because of the actual affects of
That said, do you think Americans will accept an excise tax on a product that only is utilized by a small majority in which there is no evidence in
which links one to the other?