just get off the pot, already

Here we go again with the umpteenth round in the fight between New York State and the Seneca Nation over collecting sales tax on sales of tobacco to non-Native Americans.  It seems that New York Governor David Paterson is falling into the same trap as the last two governors in thinking that he can try to close a budget gap with cigarette tax money collected from Native American retailers on sovereign land.  I’ve written about this before, and my stance has not changed…it’s time for the State of New York to shit or get off the pot.   Pick from the following:

  • Invade.  Treaty shmeaty, just march in and take it over.  No more reservation, no more problem.
  • Set up “customs” stops on every road out of the reservation.  If the reservation is sovereign land, treat it just like Canada.  Collect your taxes at the border. 
  • Forget the whole idea once and for all and just live with the fact that you’re not going to get your money-hungry paws on that money.  Live without it.  Find the money somewhere else, or find somewhere to cut the money from.  In fact, that’s a novel idea…spend less!  I know it’s completely anathema to everything New York State believes in, but sometimes you just have to make sacrifices.

No matter what the choice is, let’s get it the hell over with and move on.  I’m sick of hearing about it every time a new governor takes office.


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