Easy Fix for the Budget Deficit

I’ve been looking at how the CBO scored the Obamacare bill, particularly how the government will take in 32 billion dollars in two years from an excise tax on high-premium health insurance plans (p.19), and I’ve discovered an easy fix to the budget deficit!

The U.S. purchases a total of 16.5 lbs of cabbage, cauliflower, and sweet potatoes, per capita, per year. This comes to a total of a little over 5 billion pounds of these nasty things. The current budget deficit is about 1.7 trillion dollars, so all we need to do is levy a $231 tax per pound on cabbage, cauliflower, and sweet potatoes, and the deficit is gone! Apply the same tax to peas, brussels sprouts and corned beef and we’ll really start working on that debt, too. Because it would be silly to imagine people would stop buying these products because of the tax, right? I mean, who would doubt the Congressional Budget Office?

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