I’ll say this for our government overlords: Just when you think they couldn’t come up with any more ridiculous schemes to bilk people of their money, they somehow find a way:
Maryland Democratic Governor Martin O’Malley has instituted a tax on citizens for the amount of rain that falls on their property.
The tax, officially known as a “storm water management fee,” will be enforced in nine of the state’s counties. The state legislature passed it in 2012 purportedly to “raise revenue to cleanup [sic] the Chesapeake Bay,” according to MarylandReporter.com.
Former 2012 GOP U.S. Senate candidate Dan Bongino bashes the tax in a Wednesday afternoon press release. The law “requires individuals, businesses, and even charitable organizations and houses of worship to pay a tax based on the amount of rain that falls on their property and the ‘impervious surfaces’ on their land,” he says.
The tax, mandated by the EPA and enforced locally, will be calculated “through satellite surveillance of your property,” the statement claims.
The lesson in all of this? Don’t underestimate the determination of weak leaders who feel entitled to your money to find new ways to rob you blind.
I have been waiting for an oxygen tax since the 1990s, figuring at some point these folks would tax you for breathing. And then I realized, that’s already come to pass. It’s called…Obamacare.
And now they’re taxing rain. Unflippingbelievable. I wonder what’s next on their list of taxable items. How about:
Green Lawn Inequity Tax – for those who have more green blades of grass in their lawns than other people. That’s just not fair!
Dirt Patch Equal Rights Tax – for those who do not have a lot of grass. Who do they think they are having dirt patches without paying for the privilege?
Thorn Prevention Tax – If you have roses, you have thorns so clearly you are an evil person who seeks to hurt others and need to be taxed for endangering anyone who wants to stop and smell your roses. This could be passed by the same behavior modification statists who think they have the right to control how big your drinks are and what lightbulbs you use. Remember, Father Government knows what’s best!
Do you all have any suggestions to add to the list? Or perhaps we be should be careful lest we give Nanny Bloomberg or another like-minded bureaucrat any ideas.
One shudders at the thought.