About Pres. Reagan. I recall that he added an extra 5 cents tax per gallon on our fuel, ostensibly to repair the failing highway system, because the gazillions they were already collecting and wasting weren’t enough. Reagan then held that extra tax money over the state of Idaho’s head, saying we had to change our drinking age from 19 to 21 or we wouldn’t see any of the money they were taking from us. Idaho caved.
That radically changed the economies of all Idaho border towns.
No one seems to have learned anything from that– when our drinking age was lower and our sales tax far lower than bordering states, we got tons of business from those states. We don’t have that so much anymore, so now our idiot Republican Governor has his thooper thpecial “Hire One” program– you’re supposed to call the state apparatchik and see if your business qualifies to be part of a state government jobs program. Oh goody. To call him a fool is being generous. Right– I want to put my capital at risk, create new products, bring them to market and worry my ass off the whole time while getting robbed by this mutherfucker, so he can take credit for my work. I think I’d rather die.
Kind of like our country as a whole. Some educated kid from Germany was complaining to me recently about the “Fat Cats” sheltering their money in other countries (other than the United States, where he lives). Those dirty bastards who won’t hold still and let us rob them…how dare they? I asked him if our country shouldn’t be the place people from all over the planet come to secure their property rights. That’s what we were supposed to be. Remember? He stood up and left, saying he didn’t want to get himself in trouble. Good riddance. I have that effect on a lot of people.