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Tax Marijuana, Health Benefits? Obama Will Fiddle While It All Burns….

March 15, 2009

The “tax everything” fervor in America just now makes one wonder who will pay our bills?  Mexican drug cartels?  But what will be left that we want to save if we continue down the road now rolled out by Obama and Joke Biden?

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Could marijuana be the answer to the economic misery facing California? Democratic state assemblyman Tom Ammiano thinks so. Ammiano introduced legislation last month that would legalize pot and allow the state to regulate and tax its sale – a move that could mean billions of dollars for the cash-strapped state. Pot is, after all, California’s biggest cash crop….

From Time Magazine:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/time/200
90313/us_time/08599188495600

Related:

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03/15
/administration-is-open-to-taxing-healt
h-benefits/

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Obama: Fire Geithner

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http://riggword.wordpress.com/200
9/03/15/obama-says-dont-worry-
be-happy-now/

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Obama Could Tax Health Benefits

Fox News
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President Obama’s top economic advisers on Sunday disputed claims that the administration is receptive to the idea of taxing employee health benefits, but would not rule out the option. 

“He is open to all ideas,” said Austan Goolsbee, of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, on “FOX News Sunday.” 

Adviser Christina Romer, appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” also would not take the option off the table. 

But both played down an article in The New York Times Sunday that said advisers were acknowledging the president would not oppose efforts by Congress to tax health benefits, even though he is not personally proposing the change. 

“That was highly overstated. That is not in the president’ budget,” Goolsbee said. “There are some people in Congress who are pushing this, but this is not the president’s idea.” 

Read the rest:
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/first1
00days/2009/03/15/obama-adviser-
rule-taxing-health-benefits/

 

A bonfire: your money going up in smoke?

Michael Phelps, 14-Time Olympic Gold Medal Winner, Confirms He Smoked Pot

February 1, 2009

This is not the end of the world, unless you are a parent trying to keep your kids away from marijuana.Michael Phelps, the 14-time Olympic Gold Medal winner, has confirmed that a photo of him smoking weed is real…

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THIS is the astonishing picture which could destroy the career of the greatest competitor in Olympic history.News of the World

In our exclusive photo Michael Phelps, who won a record EIGHT gold medals for swimming at the Beijing games last summer, draws from a bong.

The glass pipes are generally used to smoke cannabis.

And after sporting chiefs announced laws which mean four-year bans for drug-taking, Phelps’ dreams of adding to his overall 14 gold medal tally at the 2012 games in London could already be OVER.

Go to the source:
http://www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/news/150832
/14-times-Olympic-gold-medal-winner-Michae
-Phelps-caught-with-bong-cannabis-pipe.html

 
Not this picture….

Swimming giant Phelps on cover of Sports Illustrated mag

LEGEND: Swimming giant Phelps on cover of Sports Illustrated mag

CNN:
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/US/02/
01/michael.phelps.marijuana/ind
ex.html

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By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP National Writer

 Olympic great Michael Phelps has acknowledged “regrettable” behavior and “bad judgment” after a photo in a British newspaper showed him smoking marijuana.In a statement released to The Associated Press, the swimmer who won a record eight gold medals at the Beijing Games conceded the authenticity of the exclusive picture published Sunday by the tabloid News of the World.

Phelps said: “I engaged in behavior which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgment. I’m 23 years old and despite the successes I’ve had in the pool, I acted in a youthful and inappropriate way, not in a manner people have come to expect from me. For this, I am sorry. I promise my fans and the public it will not happen again.”

Amsterdam to close many brothels, marijuana cafes

December 6, 2008

Amsterdam unveiled plans Saturday to close brothels, sex shops and marijuana cafes in its ancient city center as part of a major effort to drive organized crime out of the tourist haven.

By TOBY STERLING, Associated Press Writer

The city is targeting businesses that “generate criminality,” including gambling parlors, and the so-called “coffee shops” where marijuana is sold openly. Also targeted are peep shows, massage parlors and souvenir shops used by drug dealers for money-laundering.

Women work in the red light district, Amsterdam (file pic)

The red light district has been popular for 700 years

“I think that the new reality will be more in line with our image as a tolerant and crazy place, rather than a free zone for criminals” said Lodewijk Asscher, a city council member and one of the main proponents of the plan.

The news comes just one day after Amsterdam’s mayor said he would search for loopholes in new rules laid down by the national government that would close marijuana cafes near schools citywide. The measures announced Saturday would affect about 36 coffee shops in the center itself — a little less than 20 percent of the city total.

Asscher underlined that the city center will remain true to its freewheeling reputation.

“It’ll be a place with 200 windows (for prostitutes) and 30 coffee shops, which you can’t find anywhere else in the world — very exciting, but also with cultural attractions,” he said. “And you won’t have to be embarrassed to say you came.”

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081206/ap_on_re_eu/
eu_netherlands_amsterdam_cleanup