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February 17, 2009

Overnight Open Thread. Concerning Beer and Taxes. And Also Beer. And Taxes. (genghis)

Yes, Drudge had this up earlier today, but last time I checked you don’t really have an option of commenting there, no?

In the great state of Oregon (Motto: “State Named After a Trail”) a group of five lawmakers have fashioned the perfect solution to help solve the state budget’s financial crisis: A 1900% increase in beer taxes.

”PORTLAND - Five Oregon state lawmakers want to impose a hefty tax on beer and have introduced a bill that brewers say would cripple them.”

“Four Portland legislators joined a Springfield senator to introduce Oregon House Bill 2461, which would impose a $49.61 tax on each barrel of beer produced by Oregon brewers.”

“House Bill 2461 has been introduced by Portland Reps. Ben Cannon and Michael Dembrow, Portland Sens. Jackie Dingfelder and Diane Rosenbaum, and Springfield Sen. William Morrisette.”

It actually may be an ingenious plan. After all, when the tax on that Olde English 40 ouncer you’re holding kicks in, won’t that make you want to get a couple more to forget the pain? The article names this “Gang of Five,” but provides no party affiliation for them.

Apparently that information is classified, but the Overnight Open Thread staff is on the job, doing the hard investigative journalism that no one else will. After a five month week day hour minute second search through the dank and seedy back alleyways of downtown Google, our investigators came up with this:

List of Oregon State Senators.
List of Oregon State Representatives

But the most shocking thing our investigators uncovered, we can’t show you on the front page of this family-friendly blog. So it’s tucked safely below the fold. It’s the picture that the sponsors of the bill have attached on the cover of their proposed legislation. (NSFW unless you work in Germany)

I guess it’s true what everyone says…you really only rent beer.

Drunken Kitteh could not agree more. He also wants to say "I luffsh u man."

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