There are a number of problems with this, not the least of which include:
- The greatest percentage of smokers are poor -- the very same folks that are most likely to need the SCHIP services the new tax is meant to fund.
- Another tax on tobacco is going to reduce the number of smokers -- and thus the source of the money they're after.
- Taxing ONE "bad" product is eminently unfair -- why not go after other unhealthy products, too, like fast food, soft drinks, junk food, and the like?
I realise that smokers make a nice, convenient target every time you assclowns need to raise taxes for some "health" issue -- but enough is enough!Yes, that's really what I wrote -- and that was "restrained", considering what I really wanted to say.
Next time Congress needs to bleed a bunch of taxpayers for money for some targeted medical issue, how about you go after an even bigger source of income, like the fast-food establishments, soft drinks, junk food purveyors, and the like? Have you somehow missed the "crisis" of overweight/obese people in this country? Has it somehow escaped your attention that there are a WHOLE lot more lardasses than there are smokers?
Or is the idea of better distributing the additional burden too much for your teeny little brains to comprehend?