NY State Govt Issues ‘Stargazing Permits’: $35 for Residents, $60-Out of State

It’s a fact that the British government once taxed the royal subjects of Great Britain and Ireland how much sunshine actually brightened their homes.

Specifically, from 1696 until finally repealed in 1851, something called The Window Tax charged each and every household in the realm a set amount based on the number of windows their humble abodes had.

Regardless of how bizarre it sounds to the modern ear that the British monarchy would de facto tax the amount of light emitted from the star at the center of our solar system that entered homes, the current government of New York State is de facto taxing We The People if any of us so desire to look at the light from the remainder of the stars in the universe.

Case in point: The State of New York is issuing permits applicable at certain state-run parks, recreation spaces, and historical preservation sites where visitors so desire to lean their heads back and engage in looking at the stars.

Says who? The State of New York, that’s who.

Because of his age, it’s a fair bet that NY Gov Andrew Coumo just might be a Beatles fan.

I just never would have dared to guess that he would have taken George Harrison’s lyrics as a literal playbook for how to run a government;

(If you drive a car, car)
I’ll tax the street
(If you try to sit, sit)
I’ll tax your seat
(If you get too cold, cold)
I’ll tax the heat
(If you take a walk, walk)
I’ll tax your feet

Maybe Andy wants to add;

(If you look at the sky, sky)
I’ll tax your eyes