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February 04
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Where do you start with something like this. I'm your typical white male. I'm married, for the third time. I have 9 kids and 4 grandchildren. Currently I'm an OTR truck driver. I've been doing it for the past year and a half, but I've had several careers. This one is just the latest. In the past I've tried selling cars. That didn't last long. I should say it didn't take me very long to figure out that I'm to honest to sell cars. I've spent lots of years in the restaurant business. Most of that was in the pizza business either as a manager for other or for myself. I also spent 8 years in the Air Force working in ER's and flying Aeromedical Evacuation. I have to say, the biggest mistake I've ever made was getting out. Anything else you want to know, just ask. I'll tell you.


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APRIL 3, 2009 10:40AM

Congress screwed the pooch again

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So what is up with Congress and tobacco?


Today they want to give the FDA control over tobacco. One of the first things that will happen is they want certain things like a disclosure of the ingredients in cigarettes, they want bigger warnings, and they want to do away with flavored cigarettes. They also add a new tax.


When Congress put it's first tax on tobacco it was only 8 cents per pack of cigarettes. Back then the argument was it's a slippery slope. Just like now, when that argument is used it's everybody said no way, that will never happen, the taxes will not keep going up.


Since the first tax it has been increased 7 times. The biggest until now has been 10 cents. Congress just passed a 62 cent per pack tax increase on cigarettes. While the cause was good, to pay for children's health care (SCHIP) it makes you wonder what they were thinking.


During the campaign President Obama kept saying that no one who makes under $250,000 will see any tax increases of any kind.

"I can make a firm pledge," he said in Dover, N.H., on Sept. 12. "Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes." He repeatedly vowed "you will not see any of your taxes increase one single dime."

This got to be a common theme during the campaign, it even made it to the vice presidential debate when Joe Biden said

"No one making less than $250,000 under Barack Obama's plan will see one single penny of their tax raised," Joe Biden said, "whether it's their capital gains tax, their income tax, investment tax, any tax."

Okay, so we all know that people running for office say things that they don't mean and quite often couldn't do if they wanted to. While everyone really hung on to this one, let's just let it go as couldn't do it or he did it for a good cause. The real problem is that this is a tax on those who can least afford it.

A carton of cigarettes just went up over $6. In NY a pack now goes for over $11. The problem is only 13% of people making over $90k smoke. This is a tax on the lower economic people. What are they going to do? I believe that they are going to quit smoking.

Great, smoking is not good for them anyway. They can spend their money on better things. You can make all kinds of arguments like this, but you still haven't gotten to the big problem.

If all these people quit smoking, and I believe they will in record numbers, what happens to the to tax revenues? They go up in smoke. There goes the funding for SCHIP.

Congress in their wisdom decided to tax a product to pay for a program they wanted. What they did was destroy the product sells and the funding for their project. So now how are they going to fund SCHIP?

So during a major down turn in the economy Congress killed a major American industry which supports everybody from farmers to store clerks at your local 7-11. They raised taxes on a segment or the population that can least afford it. Mainly they have expanded a program that we will never be able to get rid of, so hold on to your wallet. Congress will come looking for more money to replace the lost cigarette tax.


BTW, roll your own tobacco tax went from a dollar a pound to over $24 per pound.  You can't even afford to roll your own


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This is part of the convoluted logic of socialism. First, you advocate a central government service (healthcare) to be provided to everyone. Then, because of costs, you start banning or taxing heavily certain behaviors that drive up costs *although usually in some other area*. In this case, to pay for children, they are taxing adult smoking.

However, as you point out, taxing something tends to stop the behavior which reduces the revenue which was needed to pay for something unrelated.

The bottom line is there is no free lunch. It costs a lot of money to provide something for "free." It also tends to mean the loss of individual liberty.

The observation that this is in fact a tax increase on middle and lower class people is a nice touch. Just imagine if energy taxes go up. It will eat up that $13/week in no time.
Your right. Obama and his people made a big deal out of not raising taxes on those who could least afford it. So what did they do? They raised taxes, a lot, of those who can least afford it.

I don't know why these people still support him. He has raised their taxes and then it turns out is 95% of the population tax reduction won't even buy you dinner at Denny's.