Hopefully you found some good deals last Friday, because you may not always get the chance. Black Friday has been added to the long list of American traditions our liberal ruling class haughtily disdains. A condescending academic at the New York Times has a plan to do away with the early bird shopping that reeks of bourgeois capitalism.
Many societies employ “blue laws” — laws that mandate closing times, usually on Sundays. But there is a simpler, more flexible, way to approach this problem. Inspired by the 9-9-9 proposal of the Republican presidential contender Herman Cain, I call it the 6-6-6 plan — an across-the-board 6 percent national sales tax (on top of any existing state and local sales taxes) in effect from 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving to 6 a.m. on Black Friday.
This plan would leave both stores and consumers free to decide for themselves whether middle-of-the-night shopping is worth it. Even if some retailers decided to stick with the early openings and even if some shoppers showed up, the country would reap a significant benefit. As every mature adult realizes, we have to tax something, and the revenue from my 6-6-6 plan would make it possible to reduce taxes on other activities that are actually useful.
Can’t you just picture the average NY Slimes reader fondling his chin as he muses that indeed “every mature adult realizes” pointy-headed liberal authoritarians ought to use taxation to dictate the picayune details of when private businesses open their doors to the public? The number 666 is sure to add appeal to this plan among Democrats. As for what activities “are actually useful” in contrast to selling merchandise, presumably these would include sitting around the faculty lounge in a tweed jacket with patches on the elbows, pontificating on how the government should force everyone to go about their own business.
On a tip from Ghost of FA Hayak.