LAS VEGAS (CBS Las Vegas/AP) - Though many have joined in the national debate regarding how best to avoid the looming fiscal cliff, most have not mentioned the potential solution put forth by Moonlite Bunny Ranch owner Dennis Hof.
His suggestion? Legalize prostitution.
While speaking with the Huffington Post, the brothel manager asserted that first legalizing – then taxing – prostitution would result in a profit for the American government.
“People are making billions on the sex trade in America and no government is making any money off of it, except in some places in Nevada,” Hof was quoted as saying. “You can’t stop it. Prohibition doesn’t work and legalization can solve a lot of our problems.”
Hof, who reportedly earns $350,000 annually, referred to his business and the sex trade industry in general as “recession proof.”
“The government can have that money or they can spend a fortune on a vice squad,” he added. “I can support my community or I can take away from the community by having an illegal sex trade.”
Unless Congress acts by year’s end, the nation will fall off the fiscal cliff, triggering broad tax increases for most Americans and massive spending cuts that economists warn could lead to another recession.
Both Democrats and Republicans have said they want a deal to prevent damage to the economy, but that stated commitment has been accompanied by a fierce battle to gain the political high ground in negotiations — and the occasional comment that one side or the other would be willing to let the deadline pass without a deal unless it got acceptable terms.
Hof expressed frustration to the Huffington Post regarding the lack of compromise.
“The bottom line is, politicians work for us,” he said to the website. “It’s time to tell our employees to get it together. We need to let these people know, do the right thing or you’re getting fired.”
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