Colorado Governor Proposes 50% Marijuana Tax Hike “For the Children”

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John Hickenlooper wants to raise the already high taxes on recreational marijuana, allegedly to increase funding for Colorado’s public schools.


Recently the Colorado governor announced his plans to begin recriminalizing marijuana growing in such a way that would force more of the population into the taxed market; increasing state revenue and empowering corporate cannabis over independence and health. Now with increasing government greed he wants to raise the taxes. Because schools, of course.

From The Denver Post:

Top Colorado lawmakers on Wednesday gave a package of tax hikes introduced a day earlier by Gov. John Hickenlooper an uneasy reception, with members of both parties suggesting they found the proposal lacking but are uncertain of how to proceed.

Hickenlooper on Tuesday took the extraordinary step of proposing two tax hikes to send an additional $110 million to public schools, thrusting school funding into the forefront of the state’s budget discussions, even as lawmakers are already embroiled in a fight over a separate tax hike to pay for roads.

The Democrat is calling for a 50 percent increase in sales taxes on recreational marijuana starting July 1, which would generate an extra $42 million.

Continue reading the Denver Post article here.

You know who always seems to profit tide from taxes? The collectors.

Increased tax dollars mean increased administrative costs – mean more money flowing into government and other bureacrats that never ever reaches a classroom. But if you tell the people that something is “for the children” it often has the effect of removing all skepticism and critical analysis.

“Oh, well I can’t argue with the well being of children, so tax me up, Johnny.”

Of course it is that very same logic that has the public convinced that compulsive public schooling is good for their children, without ever considering it more deeply.

John Taylor Gatto spent an entire 30 years as an award winning teacher in some of the toughest schools in New York before he fully realized it himself.

I feel ashamed that so many of us cannot imagine a better way to do things than locking children up all day in cells instead of letting them grow up knowing their families, mingling with the world, assuming real obligations, striving to be independent and self-reliant and free.

It was never factually true that young people learn to read or do arithmetic primarily by being taught these things. These things are learned, but not really taught at all. Over-teaching interferes with learning, although the few who survive it may well come to imagine it was by an act of teaching.

Schools were designed by Horace Mann and Barnard Sears and Harper of the University of Chicago and Thorndyke of Columbia Teachers College and some other men to be instruments of the scientific management of a mass population. Schools are intended to produce through the application of formulae, formulaic human beings whose behavior can be predicted and controlled.

Children learn what they live. Put kids in a class and they will live out their lives in an invisible cage, isolated from their chance at community; interrupt kids with bells and horns all the time and they will learn that nothing is important or worth finishing; ridicule them and they will retreat from human association; shame them and they will find a hundred ways to get even. The habits taught in large-scale organizations are deadly.

I’ve concluded that genius is as common as dirt. We suppress genius because we haven’t yet figured out how to manage a population of educated men and women. The solution, I think, is simple and glorious. Let them manage themselves.

But if they manage themselves there will be no administrative fees for government to parasitically suck the wealth of the population into its swollen, festering stomach!

And that is the real goal of Hickenloper’s game, self-interest, plain and simple. Those who administrate the administrations profit greatest. If not directly than in myriads of other ways, like using tax money to contract work to companies who will kick some back to you in some way or another out of gratitude. That’s Politics 101.

Meanwhile, if you want learn more about how compulsive public schooling is not in the best interest of children, but in the interest of the ruling class who shaped that institution into what it is – research Gatto some more and read his eye-opening book Underground History of American Education online for free. You may not agree with his entire worldview, but his research and conclusions on schooling are hard to dismiss.

You may be living safely in the delusion that the people who govern our nation have the best interest of you and your children at heart, but in many places around the world where our policies create death and destruction, such delusion is rare. The War On Drugs set of a global pandemic of violence and terrorism, and now part of the government who were responsible for that think they are entitled to more and more money from a plant we should be able to grow ourselves with no questions asked?

Are we living in the most gullible time and place in human history or what?

Hmmm…wonder where we might have picked that intellectual habit up?

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