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Debating Tax Reform

Artist - Pat Bagley

In other news, under a new law passed in July, the state of Louisiana now prohibits the use of cash for all second-hand sales such as the buying and selling of used goods. The law also requires obtaining personal information of customers.

Needless to say, Louisiana is a deeply-red, Republican-controlled state, and they've just implemented a law that represents a massive intrusion of government into private business. And as a liberal, I wouldn't support the banning of cash in second-hand sales.

The mind boggles.

  • MauryF

    What part of “This note is legal tender for all debts, public and private” do they not understand?

  • nicole

    Utterly OUTRAGEOUS.

  • kushiro -

    For additional irony, the craigslist-style online classifieds service I use to sell stuff specifically recommends cash payment. There is an unbelievable amount of scams that rely on phony cheque, credit card, Paypal and wireless payments to rip people off.

  • bphoon

    So, WTF are you supposed to use? I don’t know of too many individuals who take credit cards…and I don’t think I ought to be forced by the state to take someone’s check.

    • staci

      I was wondering the same thing. So do people now have to go and purchase those pay-as-you-go charge cards that will “fee” them even further into economic decline? All of the people that shop at places like Goodwill – what are they supposed to use to pay for their purchases?

      • IrishGrrrl

        Yeah, me too! Is bartering considered acceptable? If so I would recommend people use bartering until the law is repealed (as it HAS to be unconstitutional).

        • staci

          Maybe they can use chickens as the new currency. LOL

  • Bob Rutledge

    And it was a bipartisan effort.

    In Louisiana, even the Democrats are Republicans.

  • Razor

    Yeah, that’s not even remotely constitutional… but how many people will be inconvenienced (or worse) by this idiocy before it gets challenged? Hopefully some judge throws it out immediately.

  • Grant Beaudette

    Looks like some people haven’t read what’s written on all the money