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The Week contest: Vice Tax - October 8, 2010
Legislators have begun imposing "sin taxes" on smoking, drinking — even sugary sodas. Come up with another vice to be taxed, and give it an appropriate name
 
Sinful soda: legislators tax your right to guzzle.
Sinful soda: legislators tax your right to guzzle.
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Welcome to The Week's "What Next?" contest, an invitation to test your powers of imagination with challenges inspired by current events.

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Results: In desperate need of cash, the nation’s legislators have slapped ever-escalating "sin taxes’" on smoking, drinking — even sugary sodas. We asked for the next vice to be taxed, and the new tax’s name. You filed:

How to enter:

THE WINNER: Tax on Excessive Texting: Thumb Tax
Rick Simpson, Sacramento, CA
 
SECOND PLACE: Tax on Adult Entertainment: Pornogra-Fee
John MacMillan, St Augustine, FL

THIRD PLACE: Tax on Ending a Sentence with a Preposition: SynTax
Sheldon D. Malett, Rochester, NY
 
HONORABLE MENTIONS:
 
Tax on Condoms: Lay-tax
Lydia Lundeen, Alameda Las Cruces, NM
 
Tax on Condoms: Stimulus Charge
Ted Cohen, Staten Island
 
Tax on Breath Mints: Tic-Tax
Alan Parven, Commerce Twp, MI

Tax on Bad Karaoke: Justin TimberTax
Jeff Sawyer, Mt. Horeb, WI
 
Tax on Bottled Water: Aqua Fine
Roger Selsback, Burlingame CA  
 
Tax on Adult Magazines: Nudie Duty
Tracy Shenton, Garrison NY

Tax on Marijuana: 50 Bucks a Head
Bobby Schackow, Gainesville, FL
 
Tax on Exotic Reptiles: Value Adder Tax
John Wallington, Key Biscayne, FL
 
Tax on Plastic Surgery: Bo-Tax
Jeff Semion, State College, PA
 
Tax on Super-Sizing: Excess Tax
Sue LeMontre, San Diego
 
Tax on Breath Mints: Tic-Tax
Alan Parven, Commerce Twp, MI
 
Tax on Viagra: Inflation Tax
Richard Koretz, Kenwood, CA
 
Tax on Strip Clubs: Pole Tax
Frank Kilcoyne, San Diego
 
Tax on Prostitution: Booty Duty
Farley Bolwell, Eagle, CO
 
Tax on Wearing Animal Skins: Furcharge
Sean Braswell, Chapel Hill, NC

Tax on Hard Work:  Income Tax
Russell Frank, Gorham, ME

 

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