Cigarette Tax Hike: Worthless, Exploitative, or both?
Cigarette smoking is a disgusting habit; It smells bad, stains your teeth, damages your body, etc - But that doesn’t make increasing the tax on the habit a good idea. If we stop and look at the effects of increasing the tax on cigarettes we are left with only two possible outcomes; Neither of them are good and at least one of them is immoral. Of course, that didn’t stop our legislators.
People Finally Quit The Disgusting Habit That Is Killing Them
People are very cost sensitive right now and this could certainly happen. People could, in mass, stop smoking because they can no longer afford their 2 pack a day habit, or maybe they just cut back to 1 pack a day. Either way, though, the result here is that the government won’t make much extra money through increasing these taxes because they will have less people paying the tax. This makes it a silly policy that has no reason for existing.
People Won’t Be Able To Kick It
I believe this is what our government is anticipating. It is the only way in which this policy decision makes sense. So, in this scenario the government will make more money, good for them. However, that way in which the government is exploiting it’s citizenry’s physical addiction to a drug in order to milk them for more money is more disgusting than that picture of the blackened lung though show you in elementary school. Why do we put up with this? I think it is because most people don’t recognize it for the exploitative act that it is. It’s time we start educating them.
The Take Home Message
Here is the take home message. Obama isn’t reducing the taxes on the poor. He said he would, he said he wouldn’t increase any of the taxes they pay. Most people won’t call him on this because they won’t believe that the cigarette tax is the same type of thing he was talking about, and it’s probably not,Ã‚Â but how many people will recognize what this tax hike is really all about? I will, maybe you, the guy or gal reading political blogs in your free time, will also - but we are in the extreme minority.
All we need to do is to take a look at this chart from the NY Times that breaks down smoking across various income brackets. Once we recognize that the majority, by far, have an income below than the national household average. It’s easy to recognize that Obama and our legislators have reduced income taxes on the poor and increased a different tax they pay willingly (thanks to their addiction) in hopes that no one would notice.
Turning Around The Republican Party
People, especially blacks, have a tendency to think that the republican party wants to exploit them and that this is why some of us are against things like unions, minimum wage, etc. That might even be true for some Republicans but not for most. It’s time we start looking back through history and remember that the republican party had always, until the last few decades, been the black man’s party. The Republicans told blacks they could achieve anything they wanted if they worked hard. The Republicans told blacks they didn’t need to depend on the state to take care of them.
This is the message the republican party has to start getting out there. Republicans have to call out the Democrats on this kind of crap legislation - they will also have to call out a few of it’s their own on this issue. And every other issue like it. We have to start calling out Democrats on bad legislation, hanging republicans that vote for it out to dry, and stop the stupid partisan whining about the unimportant things. Mostly, we need to regain the trust of the American people.