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Nov 28 2011

New York Times Offers Plan to Restrict Black Friday Sales

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.

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Under rule by liberal eggheads, the USA is headed south.

On a tip from Ghost of FA Hayak.

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  • Louisiana Steve

    Yet another tax, huh?

  • Sam Adams

    Since we have to tax something, why not a special tax levied against those who write editorials for the New York Times.

    After all, they are probably part of the 1% anyway.

  • Mickey Shea

    I have been boycotting the NY Times since the 80′s. Just ignore them and maybe they’ll go away.

  • Jester

    More taxes = more spending.
    More spending = more waste.
    More waste = more failure.
    More failure = more taxes.
    Wash, rinse, repeat.

  • StanInTexas

    SOP for ALL Liberals.

    Step #1 – Find something that I don’t and never will do.
    Step #2 – Tax it!!!
    Step #3 – Spend the Tax Revenue on something I like.

  • Michelle

    Our “brilliant plan”…..

    INCREASE THE COST of what you plan to purchase as a way to help you CHOOSE when to make the purchase…

    Commies always begin with coersion, force, and threats no matter what their newest dumb idea destined for failure is.

  • Winston Smith

    I waited for WHITE FRIDAY sales. LOL!

  • Winston Smith

    Thats WHITE SATURDAY

  • Dr. 9

    Personally, i could never see myself agreeing with anything from the Slimes, but quite obviously, something needs to be done about this. Human nature being what it is, most people can’t be trusted to act in a sane and rational manner when they think there’s something free/cheap to be had. We’ve reached the point where people are being injured and killed!

    I don’t see telling/ordering business’s to be open “only during their regular hours” to be such a radical notion, not when you look at what’s at stake. Unfortunately, you can’t leave it up to the business’s themselves to comply, because greed will always overrule common sense or even concern for the safety of others.

    It’s either that, or a law banning “certain” ethnic groups from shopping around holidays, since they seem to cause the bulk of the problems.

  • Carmen

    What again does the word PRIVATE mean? Ohhhhh, whatever a liberal fuck up thinks it should, on any given day. Time to seriously Go Galt. Leave these cretins and parasites to it. Within a year they will self-exterminate.

  • Chris in N.Va.

    Lib (il)logic:

    Tax “bad” stuff, like tobacco, “Black Friday” sales, etc., and it will decrease/disappear.

    Tax other stuff, like small businesses who create 70+% of the jobs in the country thereby making it more expensive to pay worker salaries, and of course(!) they will patriotically and magically INCREASE the number of people they hire (to do what work is never explained by these Lib mental giants) with all the imaginary money these taxed-into-oblivion buinesses will magically possess when they are beaten about the head and shoulders yet once again with the Federal Tax Bludgeon.

    Taxing stuff in order to eliminate it is never expected to produce the same results when taxing stuff in the expectation of increasing it. (Hence all of the “unexpectedly” headlines…)

    Yup, yup, yup.

    That’s what comes from inhaling all of those DNC unicorn farts…

  • Justin

    666 tax. What devilish taxes will these liberal devils come up with next? They are Satan worshippers and always hate Christianity and mock it at every turn. Maybe this is why they hate Christians.

    The devil himself comes in mysterious ways. The devil has reincarnated to create Hell on our biggest shopping day with a 666 tax. Taxes are the devil. Remember that. They always said that taxes were the devil back in revolutionary times, now I see why.

  • Right Reason

    Here is, in a nutshell, what is wrong with lefties. The NYT Obama sock-puppet writes:

    “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.”

    He believes that American consumers buying goods at American stores, featuring American employees, in private industry, and where all concerned – the stores, their employees, the product manufacturers, and the landlords who own the space where the stores are located – make money is “not actually useful.”

    Proof as to how corrupt and fetid are leftist idealogues.

  • Archonix

    I’ve watched videos of these black friday sales and all I can think of is chimps in a cage with a bunch of bananas. It’s really quite disgusting the way people behave…

    The common thread in all the videos was “MINE MINE MINE!!!!”, even literally screamed by one or two people. It’s the belief that they’re entitled to everything they can get their sticky hands on, a belief fostered by the left through their constant pushing of entitlements. They blame it on consumer society, but they created the attitude that lies behind so much of it. Now they think they have the right to “fix” what they broke?

    They never change…

  • trailertrash

    There used to be a Highway 666. It ran from Monticello, Utah to Gallup, New Mexico. It was re-numbered about 5 years ago.

  • chuck in st paul

    What is it with the arrogance of these people?!!? They constantly want to run my life according to some lame-assed world view of theirs.

    If you don’t want to participate, then DON’T! but leave me the hell alone to participate as I choose you assclown.

  • Alan

    Who here doubts that if people really did boycott Black Friday and retailers were hurt as a result, the Times would be complaining about that too?

    My digital camera died, so to beat the rush, I bought a new one at WalMart for $89 last Wednesday evening. During Thanksgiving dinner I took three pictures and then saw a newspaper ad for the SAME camera … for $49. Blech. Someone suggested I return it, but the woman at customer service today pointed out the ad was in fact a Black Friday Special, only to people who in line at the store at 12 midnight, first-come first-serve.

    Screw that. I’ll pay the extra $40.

  • Lgbpop

    Mature people know that something has to be taxed, but Democrats believe that everything must be taxed. What I want to see are the corresponding cuts this dolt claims will take place if his tax-on-top-of-a-tax is levied.

    I know what those tax reductions will be – nonexistent.

  • James McEnanly

    Unless this guy happens to live next door to a major shopping center, I don’t see what his problem is with people shopping at whatever hour they please. It is not really his decision what these people do with their time.
    As for myself, I have done my Christmas shopping on-line, with a little help from a Fire fox add on called, ‘The Invisible hand’. I have found the gifts that I think would be most pleasing to my family, at a good price.

  • A. Levy

    James, the problem is not with a stores hours. It’s with the behavior of people who obviously have no sense and no control. But in all fairness, that behavior (in large part) is caused by greedy business owners who, through their advertisments, incite people. We’ve all seen the ads; “50′ FLAT SCREN TV FOR $10.”. They don’t bother telling people there’s only one TV at that price. They just let the insanity build up until there is chaos.

    When people are left to their own devises, there’s chaos. That’s why the need for some regulation. The other problem is, the govt. doesn’t know how to regulate anything. It always over regulates, then makes money via fines and fee’s, which is probably why we have more laws and regulations than we have people.

  • bee

    Get your kicks
    on Route
    Six Sixty-six

  • walt dukehart

    Did I miss it, or didn’t you name the idiot at the ny times who wrote the article? You should publish the names of these fools so we can hound them to death !

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