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    Stripper tax to go to rape victems!!

    This is awesome news!!!

    http://www.ksat.com/news/14908589/detail.html

    DALLAS -- Texas, where strip clubs have given rise to Anna Nicole Smith and many other less-generously endowed performers, is about to make it more expensive to watch a little bump and grind.

    In what some have dubbed the "pole tax," the Lone Star State will require its 150 or so strip clubs to collect a $5-per-customer levy, with most of the proceeds going to help rape victims. The tax goes into effect on New Year's Day.

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    Okay i read the title as a stripper tax to go rape victims. I thought wth.

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    I'm truly embarrassed to say I'm from Texas.

    Texas has always been loathe to pass a fair Income Tax like most other states, so instead they go slapping taxes on various and sundry small businesses, etc.

    I believe in a liquor and cigarette tax, but if strippers are legal, and it's legal to go to them, [I]why should that business pay for rape victims?[I] It hurts the strippers and the small businesses if people don't come in because the tax has gotten higher?

    Witness the statement by the Congresswoman who says, "This gives women a chance to help rape victims" DUH; I believe it's the men who'll be paying. It's men who rape; I guess the rationale is THEY will help rape victims. But what if they don't go now? The women are working at their job; some even trying to pay for college, as the article says.

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    That's nice, apparently in the mind of whoever came up with this crap there must be some kind of link between strippers and rape victims. You know, women in short skirts who are just asking for it - rape victims. Or would that be strippers?
    It should be just as random as saying the 'pole tax' (yes Santa, that goes for you, too) will be used to help burn victims, but I have a strong suspicion that it isn't random like that. I have nothing against strippers but to link this 'pole tax' to rape victims is an insult.

    Just IMO and my .

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanetElaine View Post
    That's nice, apparently in the mind of whoever came up with this crap there must be some kind of link between strippers and rape victims. You know, women in short skirts who are just asking for it - rape victims. Or would that be strippers?
    It should be just as random as saying the 'pole tax' (yes Santa, that goes for you, too) will be used to help burn victims, but I have a strong suspicion that it isn't random like that. I have nothing against strippers but to link this 'pole tax' to rape victims is an insult.

    Just IMO and my .
    I assume this is a take-off on the old "poll tax" we used to have?

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    It kind of sounds like they want to put a blame on someone and that those people should have to pay. Like its because of strippers that these women, who have nothing to do with stripping, get raped.

    I think it just sounds strange. You wonder who thinks of these things sometimes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mommyofthree View Post
    It kind of sounds like they want to put a blame on someone and that those people should have to pay. Like its because of strippers that these women, who have nothing to do with stripping, get raped.
    Exactly... I couldn't really put all my thoughts in writing because they're a jumble LOL, but that was part of my train of thought. Obviously they see some kind of connection, and it couldn't have been the local pussycat shelter.

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    This is going to make it even more difficult to explain to high school students that Thoreau spent a night in jail for not paying his poll tax (in protest of government policies), as opposed to pole tax.
    On the other hand, they might pay more attention if they thought he was coming into town from Walden Pond for a little bump & grind!

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    So this is a bad thing? I was just thinking anymore money we can give would be good.

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    HOORAY!! you're right indy, that IS awesome news!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Indy Gal View Post
    So this is a bad thing? I was just thinking anymore money we can give would be good.
    Well, I already gave my opinion on that, LOL.

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    No problem! I kinda thought that to myself, but then I thought if it gets money to these women and children okay. I dont really know now, and will have to read more about it I guess. (blowkiss back atcha!)

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    well but why are they singling out THIS profession? i mean, don't they have any free speech rights?
    i'm not a stripper, have never been, but that seems almost - i don't know... racist (whats the word for it... i'm lost!) if they are just singling out the strippers or THOSE clubs for this tax. they should do all clubs or none at all.
    i mean, not everyone who goes to a strip club is a pervert. why tax them to help people who are victims of PERVERTS... that is almost like saying YOU are the problem, so we're going to tax you to help fix your victims...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pedinurse View Post
    well but why are they singling out THIS profession? i mean, don't they have any free speech rights?
    i'm not a stripper, have never been, but that seems almost - i don't know... racist (whats the word for it... i'm lost!) if they are just singling out the strippers or THOSE clubs for this tax. they should do all clubs or none at all.
    i mean, not everyone who goes to a strip club is a pervert. why tax them to help people who are victims of PERVERTS... that is almost like saying YOU are the problem, so we're going to tax you to help fix your victims...
    I think b/c it is seen as a luxury or a vice. You can live without it. Like beer and cigarettes. It is bad PR to add taxes on gasoline or milk, but taxing alcohol or strip clubs is okay politically.

    They figure this is disposable income. $5 is not going to make much of a difference to the men. And in reality it probably won't. That's why an ATM fee in a strip club might be as high as $5-10. Video games and pool, also highly inflated. They guys don't care as long as there are naked women there. These clubs make GOBS of money.

    (Just as a personal note: I do not know this from personal visits. My DH owns some pool tables and countertop video games, etc. and we have a friend with an ATM business. They say they will hit it big if they can "get me a couple of scrip clubs." )

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    Quote Originally Posted by pedinurse View Post
    well but why are they singling out THIS profession? i mean, don't they have any free speech rights?
    i'm not a stripper, have never been, but that seems almost - i don't know... racist (whats the word for it... i'm lost!) if they are just singling out the strippers or THOSE clubs for this tax. they should do all clubs or none at all.
    i mean, not everyone who goes to a strip club is a pervert. why tax them to help people who are victims of PERVERTS... that is almost like saying YOU are the problem, so we're going to tax you to help fix your victims...
    This comes from the "Religious right" groups, who have a strong emphasis here in Texas politics. They also want to teach Creationism instead of Evolution, they re-word textbooks, etc. etc.

    They passed the "Sanctity of Marriage" bill, with the corollary in teensy print that gays cannot have any of the civil rights attributed to marriage.

    They have decided to tax strip clubs because it's a VICE (however I do not see that vice costing society money the way alcohol use and cigarette use do)

    Why don't they then tax internet sites relating to Pornography???? Those are probably alot worse.

    Go ahead and tax them if you wish, but don't say "it's aiding women who are raped". Somehow that associates men who go to strip clubs with "rape". IMO
    Just put it in the general tax pool.

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