San Francisco Mayor Wants To Tax Your Butts Off

You might think that no butts are off-limits in San Francisco — the city with social policies so liberal that God must think he horribly over-reacted to the Sodom and Gomorrah thing — but some butts are not welcome.

From the New York Times:

In what he casts as an attack on litterbugs and nicotine addiction alike, Mayor Gavin Newsom wants to impose a fee on an age-old inhabitant of city streets: the cigarette butt.

The proposal, to be introduced next month to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, would add 33 cents to the cost of a pack of cigarettes, to offset the estimated $10.7 million the city spends annually removing discarded butts from gutters, drainpipes and sidewalks.

With that in mind, here’s an item from the San Francisco Examiner from May 7th:

Garbage is piling up on San Francisco streets.

Just four of 11 supervisorial districts met The City’s street-cleanliness standards in the 2007-08 fiscal year, according to a maintenance audit released Wednesday.

That’s down from 10 districts that met the standards in the previous fiscal year.

During the same one-year period, illegally dumped trash, needles, broken glass, feces and condoms also became more prevalent on city streets.

Clearly the first thing that needs to be addressed is discarded cigarette butts! Heaven forbid a heroin junkie enjoying an AIDS infected five-dollar hooker on a park bench while rolling in somebody else’s poop should come in contact with a half-smoked Marlboro.

San Francisco has a needle exchange program, which can cause you to, as we used to say, “step on Keith Richards’ dinner” while walking in a park. San Francisco hands out free condoms like amphetamines at a Harry Reid speech, which get discarded and invite kids who find them to create the world’s most disgusting balloon animals — but no, let’s tax cigarette butts.

How much longer will liberals be taken seriously? Don’t answer that and ruin my good mood.

Author: Doug Powers

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