Each and everyday, I look for ways to save. I'm not the kind of person who takes his spare changes and spends it in ways that benefit government. It's already bad enough that the government taxes our income. But to add insult to injury, government demands more of our cash every time we make a purchase of some sort. They call it a "sales tax". Whenever possible, I don't pay sales tax. I absolutely refuse to do so, government tax collectors and politicians be damned.
Here in Georgia, elected officials have become so concerned about budget deficits, they are constantly looking for new sources of income. They are looking for ways to raise money to make up for their wasteful spending. They're now concentrating their efforts once again on an old, but familiar target....the infamous "sin tax". Politicians feel the easiest way to raise money without upsetting voters is to go after those with an addiction. And I'm not talking about heroine or crack addicts, or those who go out and commit crimes in order to support their habits. We all know government officials, especially those in the courts, are accustomed to sympathizing with these dirtbags. They wouldn't dare expect criminals to work for a living or try to come up with the money to help fund the local or state tax coffers. The government in this state is targeting tobacco users. Here in Georgia, state politicians have now proposed an addition tax of $1.00 for each pack of cigarettes sold in the state. This is their government solution to balancing the budget. Instead of doing the righteous thing like cutting funding to the state Health and Human Services organization for Food Stamps and WIC recipients, they want to go after people who smoke or use tobacco. In their eyes, tobacco users are the ones who deserved to be punished. Not the parasites and leeches who have preyed on society for decades. Frankly speaking, I have a real problem paying an addition dollar for a can of Skoal. I've used it for years, and I'll be damned if the government is going to screw me out of an additional dollar each time I purchase a can at my favorite corner store. I drink, I chew and I spit into a paper cup. And I don't give a fiddler's crap who may be offended by it. Instead, of patronizing the system, I whip my middle finger in the face of it. As a tax protester, I've become creative. Living close to the state border, I can always cross the state line, make my purchase, and drive back home. I'll buy my tobacco where it's cheaper. I can purchase a roll (10 cans) from a buddy of mine who can buy it cheap on a local Army base. It works out well because he's a "chewer" like me. Or, I can pay a friend or relative to pick a supply on their way into town before entering the state.
If the government is going to rely upon people like me to pay for their criminal style spending behavior, and to keep their government bank accounts solvent, they're screwed. I will always be looking for ways to save money. Especially if it means keeping my money at home where it belongs, and not in the hands of criminal-minded politicians who feel they have the right to confiscate it.