In Michigan, smokers pay $2.00 a pack in taxes for the privilege of standing out back in the rain. This tax hike passed over a year ago, mere weeks after it was soundly trounced as bad government. The story of its failure is here:
Estate, 'sin' tax bills fail in House
Now, a mere 19 months later, I've rewritten the headline.
Sin Tax Error
We'll just have to file that away for the next one.
Why do I do this? Just as I'm about to hit Publish, I think Hey. I wonder if anyone else could ever have come up with this bit of wit? Let's check! Google says 386 other web pages already came up with my headline. Dangit! I could've left well enough alone, deluded in the thought that my stream of consciousness had lapped over some unturned punnish pebble, but nope. I checked. I am officially, again, wholely unoriginal.
[update: "stream of consciousness" +"punnish pebble" gets zero hits. I am at turns pleased and unamazed.]
Can't seem to Publish yet. One more thought, as I was trying to pun my way through the post title:
A regional meeting of church leaders where they cast a controversial vote (gay clergy, for example) could have a snarky headline in a partisan paper that reads:
Putting the 'Sin' in Synod
[checks Google. Ha! Zero!]
Full disclosure: this may have subconsciously been inspired by the tagline in Bridget's blog.
(One man's take on why sin taxes don't work can be found here)