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$6.00 for a pint of beer! $11 for a pack of smokes!

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by syciprider, Mar 13, 2008.

  1. cdef


    Jul 18, 2003
    What do you mean, fodder? Peart may have been a fan, I always despised the *****.

    "Howard Roark laughed." - Yeah? Well, egg on his face, standing naked on the cliff.

    Anyway, I like taxes, because I see a need for them. Right-wingers in any country are always abolishing them, and that's because they only worry about their own income and have a disdain for the little people, if they ever think about them.

    But, I guess the extension would be strictly TB Lounge material, so will not continue here.
  2. GregC

    GregC Johnny and Joe Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    Prices in the UK are in pounds, not dollars. But I guess specifying those prices are in the UK would make for a less inflammatory thread title.
  3. santucci218


    Jan 26, 2007
    i dig it.
  4. bassaficionado6

    bassaficionado6 Something about gumption

    Jan 7, 2008
    Napa, CA
    I was just saying that alot of Peart's lyrics were inspired by Rand. Nothing more. :eyebrow:
  5. Joe Gress

    Joe Gress

    Dec 22, 2005
    Pueblo, CO
    Stupid. Can't drink (not old enough yet), can't smoke (I would pobably die choking though), but this is absolutly stupid. Next they will put a tax on everything from sodas to coffee, to condoms, to every thing that might just be a "vice".
  6. People love to tax the things they don't use. How about a tax on bibles? I'd vote for a 1000% increase and wouldn't bat an eye. As a matter of fact, I think the best thing for our country is to charge 1 million dollars a piece for the following items:

    bibles and other religious bits
    condoms (I'm married...I don't need them)
    hockey tickets
    electric cars
    women's clothes (sorry guys in that other thread)
    anything from Canada
    basses that end in "adowsky"
    watches (I don't wear one)
    cab/bus fare
    anything from the University of Florida or Ohio State

    I've just solved the whole "budget" problem. You see, it's easy when you don't bother to think about anyone but yourself.

  7. bassaficionado6

    bassaficionado6 Something about gumption

    Jan 7, 2008
    Napa, CA
    I think that I'm learning this is true in Econ. However, it's all about how many people can vote this stuff down. If you want less taxes on smokes and beer, you need more smokers and drinkers in Congress.:D
  8. Tim Cole

    Tim Cole Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2002
    Findlay, Ohio
    You still mad about the luxury tax on the blimp????
  9. bassaficionado6

    bassaficionado6 Something about gumption

    Jan 7, 2008
    Napa, CA
  10. I wouldn't mind it so much if tax was raised on the crap mass produced alcohol like piss lagers and alcopops, but to raise tax on proper beer and fine single malt whisky is outragous.

    IMHO beer is easily the best thing about Britain, and if there was every a situation where small producers were pushed out of business because of government heavy handedness, and so limiting my ale choice, I would gladly take up arms.
  11. jomahu


    Dec 15, 2004
    Bos, MA
    um, i think they go for the stuff that it non-taxable....and non-legal. :p

    i think they're planning to have a $1 tax increase on smokes here in MA. what the heck will big tobacco do when everyone is too poor to buy smokes? put it in the water?

    +100000 on a bible tax. i'd even tax religion.
  12. Marlat


    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    The increase on a pint of beer is 4p (8c), the increase on a packet of cigarettes is 11p (22c). Lets put this in perspective, if you drink a ridiculous 100 pints per week, your alcohol bill has increased by a whopping £4. The fact that you already outlayed £290 pounds and probably are in a coma, notwithstanding. If the difference between you being able to provide for your family and being homeless and out on the streets is an increase in the cost of your alcohol by 4p, perhaps you have bigger issues to worry about?

    In any event, drinking in the UK is still ridiculously cheap. For starters, when a drink costs £2.90 a pint, that's the cost. We don't have to tip, or, as I like to call it, unemployment tax ;)
  13. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Sorry - I switched off after this - you're quoting as a serious source - the Sun Newspaper!! :eyebrow:

    I wouldn't wipe my behind on the Sun - it is just low grade soft porn for morons - not a Newspaper!
  14. we need all these taxes to subsidise our jaunts to sandy parts of the world, and to bail out banks with ludicrously unsustainable business models.

    People will continue to drink at home more, and more heavily before they go out.

    Designer lager will cost > £3.00 in some of the trendy bars in Bournemouth now, and that's just shocking.

    Wetherspoons will continue to sell short dated beer for less than £2.00 a pint - okay you have to step over most of the customers on the way to the bar but that's acceptable.
  15. peterbright


    Jan 23, 2007
    On The Bayou
    What will BIG TOBACCO do when no one smokes? Who cares? Jump into a volcano, step in front of a train, or sell something that doesn't kill human beings.
  16. Marlat


    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    Well, I guess that explains its high popularity within the US "let's try to bash the UK" brigade here in TB OT. Not a lot of big words, so its easy to understand. ;) :D
  17. Nikoubis


    May 3, 2007
    Athens, Greece
    Ouch! :D
  18. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    I never said that - just that the Sun is not a serious source - expect for pictures of scantily-clad or topless women...:eyebrow:
  19. OMG, Does this mean things are more expensive in the UK? We didnt know that! :rolleyes:
  20. Is it more evil when you put the word "big" in front and then use all caps? No. As I stated earlier, everyone loves to tax what they don't use. Now, take that same tax rate and apply it elsewhere, and we have a riot. I'm writing my congressman and asking for a sickeningly high tax rate on bibles. Seriously. This solution is Nobel Prize worthy.

    Anyone else have hobbies I don't indulge in? Hmmmm, oh I know! Archery! Pretty dangerous. I'm betting at least one person gets hurt every month. Possibly more. Me and my group of the self-righteous are going to protect you archers from yourselves....and dump more money into the black hole we call the budget at the same time. Good thing we were here. What will BIG ARCHERY do when no one else arches? Not sell any shafts with sharp points designed to fly through the air quickly and possibly hurt someone, that's for sure.


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