Should they be punished for the rest of their life for actions they never committed?
I wouldn't think of it as a punishment. I would think of it as an incentive to get the STD treated so they become less common in society, making it better. Also, it ignores the people who get an STD from sex. It's not a big punishment for adults either; $200.
Also, couldn't someone claim that the kid they had wasn't an accident even if they were? It seems like an easy system to game.
I have 2 thoughts on this:
1) If they weren't married, it would be safe to assume the kid was by accident. When going to the doctor that provides the delivery, they would ask for proof of marriage, like a ring or photograph. If there is none, they get charged an extra $5000 for the delivery. This money goes to the federal government.
The other taxes are probably not going to raise a lot of revenue in the long term.
They would in the long term. People will still use gas, people would still smoke and drink. If rape rates fall, that's a good thing. People will still commit adultery. They are not big taxes, so people would probably just pay the fine and continue to do what they do.
The rise of electric vehicles and hybrid cars definitely will have an impact on gas consumption as well, particularly if the gas tax is raised to 75 cents a gallon.
The rise of the gas tax won't have much of an impact on gas consumption. Most people would just accept the higher gas payments. We've had higher gas prices. I don't know if this has happened in Kentucky, but in my state, the gas tax was about $1.30 per gallon and it didn't discourage gas buying. The current gas tax is around 30 cents a gallon. 75 cents per gallon is somewhere in the middle.
The tax could deter purchases of less fuel efficient cars in favor of more fuel efficient cars.
It barely does, if at all.
The average price of a gallon of gasoline in March of 2019 was $2.50.
That's including tax. Add 55 cents per gallon and a 12 gallon fill up would cost $6.30 extra per fill up. If people don't notice the change from a $1 increase in the price, they won't notice it much from a 55 cent increase.
1 in 3 households faced challenges paying their energy bill in 2015 according to the EIA (5). The Americans most likely to spend more of their income on fuel happen to be in the lowest quintile of income earners in the US averaging about 10% of their income being spent on fuel (6).
Growth rates for wine and spirits are declining, and beer sales are decreasing by about 1.5% (7). One reason for this is likely the increase in medical marijuana, which researcher directly linked with declining alcohol sales (8).
I didn't include weed sales because I didn't know how much revenue they would produce. Once Canada tests it out for us, and once they confirm that it won't wreck society after 5 years or some time like that, the US can give it a try.
A $2 excise tax might push consumers away too.
When people buy beer, they are thinking about how many beers they want I imagine. They'll probably notice the extra beer prices and reluctantly pay the extra money.
The rape portion of the tax system seems unattainable. How do we guarantee that every rapist has over a million dollars to pay the state? If they don't have the money, then what happens? Are we going to garnish their wages? Well, since rapists are unlikely to find jobs, that wont be effective.
I'm honestly willing to enslave rapists until the wages they would have received for their work pay for the rape they committed if they don't have the money up front. This way, the wages they generate from their slavery can restitute the state for what they would have spent on labor.
I think that the details need to be ironed out before this tax system becomes solvent though.
It's not perfect, but I think it's better then the establishment right wing or left wing tax plan. Both plans are based around income, which discourages money making. We need something that discourages bad things instead of discouraging income. We need something where everyone contributes equally to the tax plan, whether rich or poor. Since many people think the poor can't afford the tax plan, I made a spreadsheet showing how they could. The link is below: