Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Redistribution, Cincinnati-Style

In Washington:
House Democrats have proposed an income surtax on the highest wage-earners to help pay for a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s health care system. The proposal, which has little support in the Senate, would generate roughly $550 billion over 10 years.
Meanwhile, in Cincinnati:
Cincinnati panhandlers would have to pay a fee to register, pay earnings tax on their collections and toss their hand-written “Please Help” signs under a plan to be proposed next month.

Saying panhandling is as much of a business as, say, selling hotdogs, Councilman Jeff Berding is working on a plan he says will help make the city more appealing to residents and tourists.
I'm beginning to understand why this area has a "conservative" reputation...

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