Americans died while the state collected taxes

on whiskey

“The Whiskey Rebellion, or Whiskey Insurrection, was a tax protest in the United States beginning in 1791, during the presidency of George Washington. The rebellion was provoked by the imposition of an excise tax on distilled spirits.”

Maybe there should not have been and should not be an excise tax on whiskey; but there was, and President Washington enforced the law. That’s what presidents, governors, and mayors are supposed to do.

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