2009.03.25 Russ Davis: Tax on cigarettes

Written by David Green.

President Obama said while campaigning, “I can make a firm pledge. 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.”

Oh, really? So would someone like to explain to me why there's going to be a 61 cent per pack increase on cigarettes come April 1st? You see, I don’t make over $250,000 a year but yet I smoke. So should I get with the IRS and find out what kind of form I need to file to be exempt from the tax increase??

A lot of people grumble about smokers, but who does the government go after for extra money?

If there’s going to be a tax to help fund uninsured children then so be it. Let’s see a tax on dairy products. Yeah, I'd still gripe and moan about it, but at least it would be more evenly distributed among everyone and not just smokers. Every time the Government gets their mammaries caught in a part of an old washing machine it seems they take it out on the smokers. Didn’t anyone learn anything when the wonderful State of Michigan thought they were going to balance the budget on the backs of smokers?? The difference now is it's going to be a FEDERAL tax which means we can’t merrily skip over the borders to escape the increase.

“Well you could just quit smoking.” Yeah, I could. In fact I tried quitting cold turkey, but to no avail. I still found myself back at the deli counter. I even tried the patch, but that didn’t do any good because I could never keep it lit.

I just had a thought. With NAFTA I wonder how much cigarettes cost in Mexico??

Hey, did you feel that draft up your pant leg? Yup, it was smoke being blown from Washington.


– Russell Davis

W. Weston Rd., Morenci

 

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