I just picked up a copy of the newest Economist today.
Apparently, the government of Texas needs funds to pay for the treatment of sexual harassment victims. Apparently, they want to get the money by taxing strip clubs, specifically by charging a $5 entry fee to its patrons.
The logic behind it? Strip clubs and sexual harassment both objectify women and violate their rights, thus it's a justifiable tax.
To me, it really does sound like a misplaced punitive tax. Taxation creates a disincentive for patrons due to the higher prices. Thus, imposing a tax on strip clubs makes it seem like the government is trying to dissuade patronage from these establishments. For no real reason whatsoever, I might add.
It's like imposing extra taxation on fancy restaurants to help fund soup kitchens because they both involve food.
As the tagline states, "a good cause, but a bad policy". Couldn't have put it better myself.