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How would discourage -- moral behavior but how should that be done.
It's great when parents do -- friends and family shame someone but government.
-- not being moral if you abstain from sin only because it's illegal.
Worse laws banning things drugs -- sex work don't.
Stop -- from happening often not lost cause new problems because they create horrible black markets.
So some politicians now say we won't ban the activity will just tax it.
That's what Billy Graham's son just said he wants to do with video games use -- to nudge people toward good behavior.
But Michael Thomas says that's a bad idea he -- third we're Qaeda center study of sin taxes so.
What's wrong with just given the knowledge with tax one of president Obama's advisors has pushed this said.
We libertarians should be OK with since -- libertarian.
And banning things.
Well it's still paternalism so when you go from an outright prohibition.
That's bad we know that doesn't work Chris black markets.
Then we go too taxing which in the cigarette example in New York also causes black markets so this other idea libertarian paternalism was supposed to be another alternative.
But it's kind of a contradiction in terms.
And a high cigarette taxes have caused problems they give people incentive to break.
The law it is New York's newest black market I'm not talking about -- is or drugs I am talking about cigarettes.
People smuggle cigarettes now -- in mice to hate that the tax alone is five dollars 34 cents per pack.
And that makes for eleven dollar pack.
Once to the Tax Foundation collected cigarette packs from around the country and found that.
Most of them were illegal.
That's right Johnson when they went around and picked up.
-- cigarette packs all -- New York City they found that 61% of them either had no tax stamp on them at all.
Or what were from a tax stamp from another state -- -- in this town said we're just not gonna let you buy soda in.
Bottles this big this this is band that record is stuff and so far.
That'll be out except there's just as much sugar.
In apple juice which will be legal.
The idea is that the the harm that's coming from the shoulders right you -- tax that you can change behavior but people can get it anywhere they want an economics that's called substitutes.
And Indiana and -- forces convenience stores to sell beer that's a war.
What's that about.
People -- -- -- law say that in the store if the kids see the beer in the cooler next to them to the -- and then they're going to somehow equate the two.
But walking by and in the aisle when it's warm that's not gonna have the same impact on an isn't it that if you buy it -- -- you're not gonna drink it in the car somewhere around.
Yes so I think imperial drink right away people that are highly motivated to drink I don't think would be discouraged this way and those of us with patients just -- -- of time.
Having done the study what's your bottom line on this.
I think -- that it's certainly an improvement over prohibition.
To tax people but it would be better just educated and get people shorts thank you Michael Thomas coming up --
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