Leave it to the French. They’ve got the solution to all our fiscal problems. Whether we have the courage to follow their example is another matter.
The solution? Our frog eating friends have decided that they will start taxing people for their stupidity:
More, after the jump
The French Foreign Ministry is proposing a very narrow law requiring citizens foolish enough to wander into international danger zones, regardless of public warnings, to pay at least part of the cost of their own rescue.
For the purposes of our country, we would call for a much wider law that would encompass all kinds of idiotic behavior. For example, Brett Favre deciding to unretire again should be levied something in the neighborhood of 100% of his new salary. If he loves playing football so much, then he’d be thrilled to pay the tax.
The invasion of Iraq kinda goes without saying.
As for state budgets, New York and California’s fiscal crises would have been non-issues had a tax been placed anyone that was elected to those states’ legislative bodies.
Plus, since the amount of stupid behavior is so vast, legions of enforcement personnel would obviously be needed, putting many of you back to work. Pending your passing of an examination of course.
Discuss, in the comments, the appropriate tax levies for your most reviled stupid behavior by your fellow Americans that would solve our budgetary troubles. The existence of this blog/post is duly noted.
Stupidity Tax May Keep Dunces Out of Trouble: Celestine Bohlen [Bloomberg]