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Say It Ain’t So! Raise the Beer Tax.

KoelschWhat’s the world coming to? Is nothing off limits? I recently heard that two Democrats in New Hampshire have proposed to raise a tax specifically on beer only. They want to raise it by about 33%. Yeah that’s right 33% is a lot! It begs the question … are they crazy? Teetotaler’s maybe? What do Democrats have against beer?

Benjamin Franklin stated “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”

What do New Hampshire Dems have against the working man’s choice of adult beverage? Don’t they know historically speaking taxing beverages doesn’t end well for the king or whoever is doing the taxing? See Boston Tea Party. Why it’s un-American to come after the middle and lower class this way. With all that’s going on with Gun Control right now this awful attack on suds almost went unnoticed.

Sin taxes are not a new idea. Our beloved nation has taken taxing certain activities more than others to an art form. In all seriousness, why pick on beer? Are they actually trying to alienate average folks? Why not raise taxes on all alcohol. Wine and hard liquor get off scot free. I mean really, what gives, is it some kind of “Assault” beer that is specifically harmful? Maybe Nitro injected or something really bad. Just pure political greed doesn’t seem to explain it either. If it was just the money, wouldn’t they raise taxes on all booze?

Supposedly, this new Beer Tax will raise around $4.2 million purportedly for rehab programs.

Isn’t New Hampshire like the size of a big county in most other states? Maybe they don’t drink that much beer up there. Those of us in fly-over country don’t know much about New Hampshire but this kind of thing doesn’t make us want to visit. If we do, I guess we are in for wine and cheese parties or something of that sort. I guess a good old fashioned beer party would be way to low rent for New Hampshire.

New Hampshire State Representative, Chuck Weed, D-Keene, a proponent of the tax said his bill doesn’t propose a tax increase on wine or hard liquor, both of which are regulated and sold by the state of New Hampshire, because, “I have an unconscious sense that we should start with small steps.”

Oh, now I see why its just beer … the State Rep in charge of this little beauty has an “unconscious sense” that his progressive intrusion into every aspect of our lives can only be accomplished with “small steps”. With a name like Weed and his unconscious sense of things I might think we’d be legalizing Mary Jane instead of going after PBR!

It’s very interesting that they want to go after the thriving, growing segment of the market and leave alone the state-run part. Sadly we are in for this sort of shenanigans for years to come. It doesn’t matter whether you like beer or not, the statists are coming for everything that makes this country great.

Freedom is really their enemy. They hate it. They don’t like it in almost any form. Unalienable rights are not a real thing to them; because freedom really is the problem. When people are free they can do whatever they want. What a novel idea, but way too messy. With freedom and rights people can say whatever they want to, go to whatever church they want to, shoot a big scary gun if they want to, and maybe even consume a pint of amber-colored ale if they want to.

Like the sound of an empty keg line, the blow back on this bill has prompted the Governor Maggie Hassan, a Democrat, to promise to veto it if it ever reaches her desk. Who knew beer could bridge the infamous aisle between the parties? New Hampshire Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro stated, “Perhaps Gov. Hassan and I should go have a beer and celebrate that we both oppose an increase in the beer tax.”

New Hampshire may not raise the beer tax, but the Governor mentioned she kind of liked the idea of a gas tax. It never ends. Stay vigilant, ever watchful. The real assault is upon our way of life. Only steadfast resistance will see us through. Join the resistance, help the economy, and enjoy life; try some barley and hops from a local brewery.

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S.C. Sherman

S.C. Sherman grew up a farm kid in rural Iowa. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Communications Studies. Steve is a business owner, and recently ran for Iowa State House of Representatives.. S.C. enjoys political commentary and great stories. He has written three fiction novels found at He currently lives with his wife and four children in North Liberty, Iowa.