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Tax Facebook, just like alcohol and tobacco

Publisher's column


October 28, 2021

The nation responded to the harm caused by excessive alcohol consumption and instituted Prohibition in 1920. The idea was that people could not police themselves, the police could not protect people from the corruption and crime associated with alcohol, and the social problems would go away only if booze went away.

It didn’t work, crime got worse and people figured out ways to get a drink. The nation brought back legal alcohol sales in 1933.

Since then, the federal government, state and local governments have taxed alcohol, heavily in some jurisdictions, to make it more expensive to drink...

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