Under a new proposal, the per-bottle wine tax in California could go from 4 cents to 29.6 cents.
Given a choice between Two-Buck Chuck and Two-Buck-Twenty-Nine Chuck, most of us would surely prefer the former.
As of Thursday, the tax on a bottle of wine remained at 4 cents and, who cares about 4 cents? I'll leave four pennies on the pavement rather than expend the energy necessary to pick them up.
But, I'll sure stoop to scoop up a quarter, and definitely for 29.6 cents, which is exactly what the per-bottle tax would be under a plan put forth by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, across whose affluent palate Two -Buck Chuck has probably never passed.
Talk about buzz kill ... I just pictured Arnold Schwarzenegger's palate.
In the words of The Dude, this aggression will not stand, man.
A name's got to count for something. If the name on the box says Kentucky Fried Chicken you ought to get chicken. If it says Burger King you've got a right to expect a burger. At Panda Express you should be able to get ... er ... well ... not panda, of course, but ...
The point is, if there was ever a time we needed two-dollar-a-bottle wine, isn't this it?
-- TJ Sullivan