The liberal magazine The American Prospect has uncovered a nasty little conspiracy going on in the some of these United States. In the May 2009 issue, Dana Goldstein points to legislative initiatives in California, New York, Florida, Texas, and Washington state through measures ranging from a "25-percent sales tax on X-rated movies to a $5 'pole tax' on visits to strip clubs."

The Prospect argues that, because of the First Amendment, such "measures are usually defeated by little more than gales of laughter," but that, even so, the threat to access to pornography is real. An extra five dollars to rent a pornographic DVD, the Prospect says, will cause the consumer to decline to make the transaction.

The same thing is the case, the Prospect continues, with proposed California regulations about condom usage in pornographic films. "If the Golden State ever did require condoms in skin flicks, the porn industry would likely pack up and leave town," the article contends. "And since the adult industry accounts for about 50,000 jobs in California, only 10 percent of which are acting in the films, the economic crisis probably precludes the state from such moral posturing."

So, high taxes hurt the producers of goods, making it less likely that they will produce these goods for the public and intense regulation will cause businesses to pick up and move elsewhere, thereby hurting the lower-income workers dependent on these businesses?

It seems Arthur Laffer and Jack Kemp are still alive and well, and on the left wing. At least, that is, as it applies to this one "industry."