Nanny State PING!
Not to mention that smokers “pay” society in avoided costs due to shorter life expectancy.
Diabetes is very expensive to treat.
Fatal heart attacks, stroke and lung cancer; not so much.
The number, as I recall was $0.40 per pack in social services expense saved.
I still remember during panel debate on ‘special report’, Dr. Kraut said Obama/Pelosi should encourage everyone to smoke cigarettes (to cut down Obamacare cost).
And esp. Obama budget should not raise the cigarette tax.
While I am not in favor of social engineering via taxation, I am all in favor of low income earners paying their “fair share”. Or at least putting some skin in the game. If it is via cig taxes, so be it.
Gun owners are next in line to become the new “smokers” in Barack the Kenyan’s ObamaNation. The communists have just about milked the smokers for all they can get. Time to find a new group of suckers to be their hen that lays the golden eggs. Welcome to Amerika! Communism is a very expensive way to live. It requires the government to steal a lot of money from other people.
Even in his budget
On page 184
It shows an anticipated tax windfall from expected purchases.
Tobacco tax financing
2014 8 Billion increase
2015 10 Billion increase
2016 9 B
2017 9 B
It goes on and on.
And conveniently goes hand in hand with the next line up on that page with the cost of early childhood investments.
From 2014-2023 they are expecting:
$77 Billion increase in cost of early childhood
$78 Billion increase in tobacco tax
(That’s tidy /sarc)
Buy a pack of cigarettes a day - it’s for the Children
Tobacco tax is the Governments preferred tax delivery method of today. What will be the next preferred way?
Homosexuals should pay a homo tax. They will be an additional burden on the healthcare system because of their lifestyle.
HIV/AIDS treatment will increase more as more of them come out and engage in sodomity