Jul 5th 2011 3:02PM The guy is going to pay above and beyond the State mandated amount, on his own and she still needs to take him to the cleaners? What is wrong with you people? He may be a pig but 200-300 mil is not going to change anything for Maria. First she doesn't really need it and second it won't change the events of the past.
Marias' not stupid, i'll bet she knew what was going on long before this stuff came to light. I'm curious as to what REALLY drove her to make this call now.
Feb 18th 2011 2:00PM I smell a PR scheme on both their parts ........
Apr 13th 2009 2:55PM Luxury/penalty taxes of this sort are about unfair as it gets. This isn't a 150k car or 500k yacht we are talking about here but a small indulgence for the average person who CHOOSES to partake. I agree with the article and find that a wide range of socioeconomic groups do indeed choose to smoke cigars. So taxing these things hit the lower income groups much harder than the rich groups they supposedly target.
And people who are all for these taxes because they don't smoke be careful what you wish for. If and when they lose tax revenues from these taxes and/or they feel they need more taxes than these can provide, watch out. Next time they may come after something you enjoy or are passionate about.
The fix for all this ""smoking in public places" is so easy the tax inventors don't want you know or understand it. It's as simple as spending the money to separate and/or ventilate space so no secondhand smoke ever gets to someone who doesn't want to be exposed to it. It's can easily be done in the majority of public commercial spaces out there. That is a fact.
Be aware! Big brother is lurking out there considering the taxation or removal something you may enjoy. Wake up and smell what you're asking for!