Have you ever misinterpreted a news bite?
January 29, 2017 9:51am CST
This morning I saw a news bite scroll across the bottom of the TV screen. I was watching the local morning news show out of Chattanooga. The bite said, and I'm paraphrasing here: Governor Haslam talks about border tax. I guess my mind went a different direction, of course it was 6 am don't forget! I interpreted that to mean the Governor is considering putting a tax onto the Tennessee borders that tourist would have to pay - silly me! I know he is looking for ways to shore up his budget, but taxing tourists who enter the state seemed a little harsh! What the bite was really about was his thoughts on Trump's potential tax on goods coming here from Mexico. I guess I was in the Twilight Zone for a few minutes and sometimes that is a much more fun place to be. Photo: pixabay.com/en/tv-series-dumbing-down-critical-1945130/
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• Pikeville, North Carolina
29 Jan 17
Such things as state border taxes are one of the reasons the Articles of Confederation failed and was replaced by the Constitution back in the 1780s. It is funny, though, that your mind went in that direction. Most states do tax tourists with rooms and meals taxes in excess of ordinary sales taxes, but since locals are subject to the also, they are allowable under the Constitution. Was your governor in favor of or opposed to The Exalted Orange One's proposed 20% wall tax on goods coming into the US from Mexico?
• United States
29 Jan 17
@DWDavis Since I'm not in his court so to speak I don't pay much attention to what he says. He's a very rich man in an elected position and his family has been and still is in trouble for some of their little tricks regarding gasoline.