In a Letter to the Editor printed in yesterday’s New York Times, Philadelphia native Tom Hanson took issue with guest columnist Jim Gogek’s proposal for a punitive tax on alcohol. Gogek, as we told you yesterday, is heavily funded by the anti-alcohol Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Writes Hanson: “Why not assess the cost to society of every bit of personal freedom and create an excise tax structure to match? All people would thus pay their tab. How about a weight tax, a third child tax, a bad grades tax, a cholesterol tax, an oil tax, an urban sprawl tax, a lack of exercise tax, a compulsive shopping tax, a ski tax, a sunburn tax, a barefoot tax — every personal choice scientifically taxed for its health and social suitability?”