Galt unfiltered

Used to be, if you rolled your own smokes — tobacco, anyway — you forked over a little more than a buck a pound to the Feds for tax. Now it’s closer to $25.

Which means the next step shouldn’t surprise anyone:

A buddy of mine gave me some tobacco seeds he got from an “old indian feller o’er yonder”. Said it smoked like Marlboro.

So, I took some and started them in little styrofoam cups.

In about a week, these sprouts will be large enough to transplant outside in my large planters. Then I will transfer them to a larger, tilled area. I hear they get very large and have beautiful flowers.

One word of warning: the government is getting very large, and it may decide to tax Styrofoam.


  1. McGehee »

    7 May 2009 · 8:50 am

    Actually, I wouldn’t be surprised if it turned out you had to register to grow tobacco these days. Maybe he could claim it’s medicinal.

  2. Brett »

    7 May 2009 · 9:20 am

    May decide?

  3. fillyjonk »

    7 May 2009 · 9:25 am

    I’m guessing that of my “vices,” chocolate will be the first one to fall under the scrutiny of the “We’re taxing it for your own good/but we also really want the money” crowd.

    Sadly, I don’t think cacao trees will grow in Oklahoma’s climate.

  4. Tom »

    7 May 2009 · 10:41 am

    If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street;
    If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat;
    If you get too cold, I’ll tax the heat;
    If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet.

  5. Tatyana »

    7 May 2009 · 11:15 am

    In my T-Mobile bill yesterday I noticed a new (to me, it might be there for ages, for all I know) line: Regulation and tax laws compliance-$0.86
    Turns out, that’s a fee T-Mobile passes on tho the customers to compensate for their efforts to comply to all government and local codes…So, not only they’ll charge you personally for your own vices – you’re paying for the vices of others.

  6. Jeffro »

    7 May 2009 · 4:32 pm

    One day this feller from Washington come by
    And he spied us and he turned white as a sheet
    And he dug and he burned
    And he burned and he dug
    And he killed all our cute little weeds
    Then he drove away
    We just smiled and waved
    Sittin’ there on that sack of seeds

  7. CGHill »

    7 May 2009 · 5:43 pm

    I duly pulled up my T-Mo bill, which has been unchanged for the last year — I never quite seem to use up all those minutes — and there it is, all 86 cents of it. I conclude that it’s been there a while.

  8. meeciteewurkor »

    8 May 2009 · 4:04 am

    It really ticked me off that my RYO stuff went up so much.

    If they start taxing styrofoam, I’ll move to metal coffee cans. :)
    Heck, they’ll probably start taxing the dirt, too.

  9. McGehee »

    8 May 2009 · 9:55 am

    More companies should itemize the costs of regulatory compliance on the bills they send. However I seem to recall that Congress not too long ago got wise to this strategy and actually passed a law prohibiting an actual tax from being itemized on bills. I may even have read about it here.

    So, I’d be surprised if itemizing costs of regulatory compliance eventually became an act of anti-government agitation and subject to fines and a possible “you can’t refuse it and we won’t let you pay it back” bailout.

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