If there were a contest each General Assembly session for the dumbest bill of the year, HB 19 would be a very strong contender this time around. Seriously, are we really going to be giving people $8,000 tax breaks to help blast minuscule portions of people’s earthly remains into space?
From the Virginian-Pilot:
Del. Terry Kilgore has introduced legislation that would provide a tax credit of up to $8,000 for those whose mortuary arrangements involve booking passage for their cremated remains aboard a commercial space flight to send them into Earth or lunar orbit.
Don’t tell me that all that taxpayer money we’ve already sunk into the idea of building commercial space launch facilities in Virginia was for the sole purpose of allowing someone to launch tiny portions of cremated human remains into space in order to satisfy some weird post-mortem sense of vanity. There isn’t a tax break apparently being proposed to do any kind of actual business operations, say lifting sattelites into orbit that would serve some business purpose and actual return on investment. There’s no tax break being proposed this year to help perform science, or aid in discovery using this publicly subsidized launch facility. The only break being proposed essentially provides public financing for (I’ll be charitable here) unusual companies to try to physically boost human remains into the heavens.
If someone really wants to buy an $8,000 one way ticket for less than a gram of Uncle Fred’s ashes towards outer space, that’s fine. It’s their money, and I don’t care what strange thing they decide to do with it, within reason. But I am not ever going to subsidize it. Not ever.
Terry Kilgore, you are a blithering idiot here. What the hell were you thinking?
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