This argument says “No one does.”:
“While the sales tax rate in North Carolina is 5.75 percent (plus another 2 percent in most localities), movies and other entertainment, alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, hotel rooms, and rental cars are all taxed at higher rates.
“In a free society the purpose of a tax system is simply to raise money for the operations of government. It should not be used to punish activities that are disfavored by politicians or to reward activities that politicians consider virtuous. Indeed, principles of both justice and economic efficiency would suggest that the tax system should be neutral with respect to people’s freely made choices.”
That hard right view is as purely materialistic, in its own way, as Marxism. Some of the folks on the hard right are believing Christians. Are they buying this view?
Meanwhile, equating the government with “politicians” may be accurate in a way, but the tone of this argument shows little faith in our republican form of government.