If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street.
If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat.
If you get too cold, I’ll tax the heat.
If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet.
‘Cause I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman.
The taxman is at his very worst in New York State, as Red State reports:
New York State recently passed a law requiring citizens to obtain a permit if they wish to gaze at the stars in public parks. No, really. You read that right. In New York, you must pay for a license to look at the freaking stars.
The Free Thought Project first reported on the story, explaining that â€œIf citizens of the state wish to look up at the sky and view the stars at one of New Yorkâ€™s public parks, they will first have to obtain a â€˜Stargazing permit.â€™â€ The site pointed out that pollution in the sky makes it more difficult for New Yorkers in â€œhighly populated areasâ€ to see the sky at night, so they travel to remote areas, many of which are located in state parks.
The state is charging residents $35 to become a fully-licensed stargazer allowed to view the stars between January and December of the year. If you are not lucky enough to be a New York resident and you are just visiting, you will have to fork over $60 for the privilege of admiring your favorite constellation in the night sky. We were not able to find out how much it costs to wish upon a star, but we can be sure that it ainâ€™t cheap. Okay, that last part was a joke â€” hopefully.