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Old 11-22-2011, 03:39 PM   #1
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Default A Tax on Nonnatives!

What better way to point out what's nonnative to the average consumer than by imposing a tax on all the nonnative plants and animals intending to be pets. You've paid $500 for that deadly African Cobra so what's another $2 bucks?

I don't even care where the money goes. I think it's a brilliant idea. For the sake of conversation though maybe we should discuss that.

So anything that is native, as the USDA or some other authority says it is, will be tax free.

I think a county by county level tax would be difficult to setup unless the money went directly to that county. State wide would be more realistic, but then why not national.
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Old 11-22-2011, 05:16 PM   #2
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Interesting concept. Why not drive it home more by making the tax money collected go toward the cost of removing invasives?
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Old 11-22-2011, 08:26 PM   #3
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Tax on exotics... Then, like the taxes on cigarettes and liquor, it becomes another "sin tax". Appropriate!
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Old 11-22-2011, 08:45 PM   #4
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Tax on exotics... Then, like the taxes on cigarettes and liquor, it becomes another "sin tax". Appropriate!
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It is a "sin" what we are doing to the habitat.
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Old 11-23-2011, 10:39 AM   #5
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Okay, who is brave enough to suggest this idea to Congress?
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Old 11-23-2011, 01:01 PM   #6
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I am against anything that works to punish the general public for not understanding. Taxes and fines are turning us all into criminals in the eyes of authorities.
Education does works. It takes longer and always is better accepted by the next generation but is the only way to make a change. Someone may well pay the extra couple of dollars to get the prized species in some sort of backlash at those of us trying to enhance awareness.
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I am against anything that works to punish the general public for not understanding. Taxes and fines are turning us all into criminals in the eyes of authorities.
Education does works. It takes longer and always is better accepted by the next generation but is the only way to make a change. Someone may well pay the extra couple of dollars to get the prized species in some sort of backlash at those of us trying to ehance awareness.
Good point. Thank you for sharing another perspective.
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