Proposed sin tax on strip clubs in Texas
Again, the state of Texas has representatives pushing for a sin tax on adult entertainment. The proposed bill would require all patrons of strip clubs to pay $5 at the door, to "fund programs to assist victims of sexual abuse". Back in '04 it was for education. State Rep. Ellen Cohen, who strongly backs the bill has stated(paraphrased) that 'although strip club patrons do not contribute to sexual abuse, they visit establishments that objectify women, so it is appropriate'. Sure, it's true women are objectified at strip clubs. But regardless of how you spin it, they are two very different issues. Sexual desire doesn't really have anything to do with sexual abuse(in most cases), anyway. Aren't the men who patron strip clubs objectified as well? (I'm not saying they care) Instead of tits 'n ass, they become dollar bills. I'm not trying to argue the virtue of strip clubs, as I don't visit them. But this 'six degrees of separation' between issues, is ridiculous. If the real priority was simply funding programs for abuse victims, then why was the same vehicle proposed for education 5 years ago? I hate puritanical agenda in government.