The govt says it raised the sin tax rate to boost the health of Thai people while critics said it was a desperate bid to help the country's cash-flow problem. Who do you believe?

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The govt says it raised the sin tax rate to boost the health of Thai people while critics said it was a desperate bid to help the country's cash-flow problem. Who do you believe?

The govt says it raised the sin tax rate to boost the health of Thai people while critics said it was a desperate bid to help the country's cash-flow problem. Who do you believe?

  • Start date:Sep 22, 2012
  • End date:Sep 25, 2012
  • Voters: 4,996 times
  • the govt
    40.3%
  • the critics
    58.4%
  • I'm not familiar with the issue
    1.3%

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  • Discussion 28 : 25 Sep 2012 at 15.4928

    @disc 20 - Taxing things will not deter people from using it. Enforcing laws will! Now if the police were strict with littering laws, drunk driving, heavy fines etc etc. The road will be a safer place, less people will be smoking in forbidden areas, driving drunk, etc. Simple as that.

  • Discussion 27 : 25 Sep 2012 at 13.2327

    "Forgive me for being ignorant, but what exactly is Thailand's "sin tax"? and does it include taxing prostitutes?" The police are the ones who tax prostitutes. They round them up periodically, take them to the police station, fine them, pocket the fine and turn the prostitutes loose to go right back to what they were doing.

  • Discussion 26 : 25 Sep 2012 at 13.2026

    "Makes sense, those addicted really do not have choice." I smoked cigarettes for years, then finally decided to quit. It wasn't easy for a few days, but I did it - over 20 years ago. If you really want to stop, you will.

  • Discussion 25 : 25 Sep 2012 at 07.5725

    Spiceman, perhaps my position on Obama was misunderstood... I dearly hope that he will be on the outside in November. He is the reason and the cause of American decline and continued global economic problems. His administration alone has increased US debt by 400% in just three years. No one can afford to do business with the US because we cannot afford our own entitlements. Greece, Italy, Spain now the US, who's next???

  • Discussion 24 : 25 Sep 2012 at 02.4524

    Khun Ravbrat #21, with all due respects, Obama will have his opportunity to change politics from the outside starting this November. If you watch "2016," which documents carefully how his conning father made his living, you will see that the fruit has not fallen far from its tree. If he doesn't believe he can change politics from the inside, he had no business being in the White House at all. All successful US Presidents, since Washington, were those who could change politics from the inside. Good examples are Lincoln and Reagan. By the way, unlike Obama who leads from behind, they all led from the front.

  • Discussion 23 : 24 Sep 2012 at 20.4023

    "We contend that for a nation to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle."


    Will they ever learn?

  • Discussion 22 : 24 Sep 2012 at 19.2322

    Khun spiceman Discussion 18 : For what it's worth so is extortion. (Thai definition: A form of illegal taxation controlled mainly by govt depts)

  • Discussion 21 : 24 Sep 2012 at 19.0221

    Spiceman Disc-16, Your (clearly defined) opinion as expressed in disc16, I wholeheartedly agree with and support without exception. Your previous wording was (at least to me) not quite as clear which is why I replied as I did.

    President Obama said one thing the other day, that you "cannot change politics from the inside". So, for Thailand's sake, let's hope they leave office soon, before it is too late.

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    Discussion 20 : 24 Sep 2012 at 18.4220

    Too many people smoke, it is not good for your health and cost the society a fortune, only ones disagreeing is the tobacco industry...tax it ....Alcohol, alcohol is referred to as a major reason in a large number of traffic accidents, excessive use of it ain't good for your health and cost the society a fortune in hospital bills etc, so tax it....it's a no brainer, Thailand does not have a cash flow problem, that is wishful thinking by the usual doomsayers .

  • Discussion 19 : 24 Sep 2012 at 17.5119

    The country don't have a cashflow problem, so any agrument after that becomes irrelevant. One of the most important ways governments raise funds is through issuing bonds. Thailands government bonds have been 4,6 times over subscribed and the returns on these bonds for investors have come down. If the country had a cashflow problem there would have been a problem selling these bonds and the returns on these bonds would have increased (like in Spain and Greece). The countries credit rating would also have been lowered (like the US). So who are these critics that's so uninformed? Or is it part of the political game played out in the media?

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