Back in what seems like the Paleolithic era, before warp drive and Instagram influencers, back when we still understood deep concepts like right and wrong, a very famous psychiatrist named Karl Menninger, who was sort of the Dr. Phil of his day, wrote a best-selling book titled, \u201cWhatever Became of Sin?\u201dThis was around the time that right and wrong were getting confused \u2014 mumbo-jumbo\u2019d you might say. We emerging relativists came to believe that right and wrong were moving targets. I still remember sitting in metaphysics class, proclaiming the rallying cry of my generation, \u201cDo your own thing!\u201d (Plato, our professor told us, would disagree.)Today, sin is making a comeback. I came to that conclusion after reading a flurry of headlines like, \u201cGovernor proposes new \u2018sin taxes\u2019\u201d and \u201cTax on sugary drinks tops list of sin taxes.\u201d Yes, sin is back in vogue.I suspect that if Menninger were alive, he\u2019d be ecstatic to discover that our politicians are focusing their attention on sin, as long as they can make a buck off it.In one interview, the governor\u2019s chief of staff said sin taxes \u201caren\u2019t about generating revenue, but about changing behavior.\u201d If Moses understood that principle 3,500 years ago and taxed the Israelites when they broke the Ten Commandments, this world would be a different place and Moses would have died a rich man. You see, our enlightened society has redefined the concept of sin ... in the spirit of capitalism.In recent weeks, the General Assembly has been gnawing on the governor\u2019s budget proposal, which included a 25-cent deposit on liquor and wine bottles, a tax on nip bottles (I guess so teenagers won\u2019t toss them out car windows), a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, a tax on electronic cigarette liquid, and a 10-cent tax on single-use plastic bags.The governor also proposed a study to \u201cexamine the feasibility of taxing junk food.\u201d Folks, hold on to your hats, not to mention your Doritos! This groundbreaking research could make Connecticut a national leader by becoming the first state to tax Pringles, and that\u2019s a legacy for us to be proud of. Who knows? A tax on junk food might stop the obesity epidemic in America, but who\u2019s going to stop the tax epidemic?There\u2019s no denying we live in \u201cSin City,\u201d where bad habits are classified as sins and what was once considered sin is classified as perfectly acceptable behavior. Before some duly elected legislator accuses me of a conflict of interest, let me say I don\u2019t smoke cigarettes or vape or toss nips out the car window, although I occasionally toss them out the bedroom window. Plus, I have an obsession with those plastic grocery bags because they can be reused in inventive ways \u2014 and I don\u2019t mean smoking them.Even though I don\u2019t guzzle sugary drinks, I confess to drinking large amounts of green tea, so I\u2019m probably a likely target if the governor, in collaboration with the president, wants to go after China with hefty surtaxes on tea.The good news is that at a time when sin has fallen into disfavor, our politicians are bringing it back in new and exciting ways. Indeed, they\u2019re on the verge of reinventing the 10 Commandments with their contemporary thinking:1. I am your Governor, you shall not have strange governors before me.2. Do not take the name of your Governor in vain.3. Remember to keep holy Tax Day.4. Honor thy General Assembly.5. Thou shalt not smoke cigarettes (but weed is OK).6. Thou shalt not drink Big Gulp.7. Thou shalt not vape.8. Thou shalt not bear false witness on thy tax return.9. Thou shalt not covet New Hampshire\u2019s tax structure.10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor\u2019s residence in Naples, Florida.Hey, that works for me, and I\u2019m sure if Karl Menninger were around, he\u2019d be enthusiastic about all these changes, and instead of asking, \u201cWhatever became of sin?\u201d he\u2019d be asking, \u201cWhatever became of tax breaks?\u201dJoe Pisani can be reached at email@example.com.