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Old 07-31-2011, 01:52 PM   #21
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Uh, not quite. It's about a federal tax on whiskey that was first imposed after the Revolutionary War: Purpose of the tax was to help pay for the war. President Washington called out the militia when booze makers in PA refused to pay the whiskey tax and attacked federal tax officials and a US marshall. Parts of PA were occupied by US militia.

Yep, the whiskey tax did favor the big producers.

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Does anyone else see the irony in the Whiskey Rebellion? Taxes were levied against the colonies to help pay for the French and Indian War (which ended in 1763). And Washington's administration levies a pretty arbitrary and arguably illegal tax to help pay for the Revolutionary War. Oy.
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Does anyone else see the irony in the Whiskey Rebellion? Taxes were levied against the colonies to help pay for the French and Indian War (which ended in 1763). And Washington's administration levies a pretty arbitrary and arguably illegal tax to help pay for the Revolutionary War. Oy.
No, I can't say that I do because unlike the taxes that King George imposed on the colonies the whiskey tax was constitutionally passed by congress. As unpopular as it may have been it was in no way illegal. Also the taxes imposed by King George effected every free person living in the American colonies while the whiskey tax only effected those involved in producing and indirectly those who bought it.

Nobody who actually has to pay a tax likes to when you get right down to it, but the U.S. War for Independence did have to be paid for and that was the method chosen.
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No, I can't say that I do because unlike the taxes that King George imposed on the colonies the whiskey tax was constitutionally passed by congress. As unpopular as it may have been it was in no way illegal. Also the taxes imposed by King George effected every free person living in the American colonies while the whiskey tax only effected those involved in producing and indirectly those who bought it.

Nobody who actually has to pay a tax likes to when you get right down to it, but the U.S. War for Independence did have to be paid for and that was the method chosen.
Actually, it was Hamilton's idea, not Washington's. That figures...Hamilton was a douche. There were many shady means to recoup costs incurred during the War. Taxing a small number of western whiskey distillers seems an odd way of going about it to me.

But enough hijacking of the thread. Sorry.
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