For a President that smokes…. Not So Smoker Friendly

It appears that both smokers and non smokers are feeling a little upset and put off by the latest government tax increase on cigarettes. Obama voted into play a tax hike on cigarettes that is geared to fund the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). Now no one has a problem with equal healthcare for children of all economical statuses but there is a feeling of unfairness that it must be paid by 1 group of persons. Plus any 5th grader can see the obvious flaw… but we’ll get to that later.

I’ve said for years that taxes on cigarettes suck but it’s part of the pain of luxury. I’ve mumbled like any other smoker and went along with it saying that I’d quit when it got too expensive. Well that time is at hand and the reasoning behind it is quite unjust. Not because “Waaaah, its not fair, blah blah I enjoy smoking…” but more because of WHY the taxes are being set and for what purposes.

They are funding SCHIP with this insane increase and they are saying that hopefully over a million smokers or more will quit due to the cost increase. 10 – 50 cents are high taxes. $1.00+ tax increase in one fell swoop is insane! Especially when it will be followed by another one nearly as large. But here are my personal issues with it:

* Everyone by now should know that I am anti-Socialism. I don’t feel I should HAVE to pay anyone else’s way, including their parents, siblings, kids, friends, etc. I may VOLOUNTEER to do so but being strong armed by Uncle SAM into it really presses my buttons. Well that’s what this tax is. I do not have children (yet) but I am forced through this tax to pay 10-20$ a carton for someone else’s child’s healthcare? WHAT?!!?! Ok, I’ll even say that a small tax increase would be ok but why are smokers the ones funding everyone else’s problem?!?!?! How about a 10 cent tax on cigarettes, 10 on gas, 10 on alcohol, 10 on designer purses, 10 on fast food items, etc etc.

The government could actually collect more revenue by nickel and diming across the board without picking one group to pay for it. Here’s the other plus: EVERYONE gets to pay for it in one way or the other. Wouldn’t it be nice to pop babies out at random and let someone else pay for their costs? “Hey, I don’t smoke so I don’t have to worry about it, GET IN HERE MARGERET, lets make s’more babies!” What’s next, Will buying Kerosene for heating eventually fund feeding some other person’s 9 kids through lunch ticket meal plans at school? Cmon!

* People say that smokers are a huge problem when it comes to the rise in healthcare costs. Taken from FoxNews.com, “smoking kills about 440,000 Americans a year and costs the nation 193$ billion in medical expenses and lost productivity. ” Well, there is no denying that smoking is bad for you. There is also no denying that it costs in the long run but there isn’t anyone that can honestly say it alone is the largest or main cause in surge in healthcare costs. What about the obesity rate of Americans? That is also driving up the cost in medical aid.

Taken from MSNBC

“Six in ten people in the United States are overweight, with a third crossing the boundary into obesity. The extra weight leads to at least 100,000 deaths annually. Obese people are at a much higher risk for heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, arthritis and some cancers.”

“Even kids are getting fatter. Nineteen percent of children between the ages of 6 and 11 are overweight, up from 4% in the 1970s.”

“The economic cost of all this extra fat is immense. Direct medical costs are easiest to calculate, coming in at $93 billion, or 9 percent, of our national medical bill. But there are other costs as well that are harder to pin down.”

“Obese people miss more work, costing employers something on the order of $4 billion. Because people are fatter, airlines spend more on jet fuel, and the obese themselves spend more on gas.”

Now these figures aren’t recent, they’ve gone up but the information will get you a start. So why don’t obese people who are addicted to food have to pay an extra dollar per McBurger? Why don’t person’s who drink alcohol have to pay and extra dollar a beer? Why don’t, why don’t, why don’t. Folks, we could do this all day.

I’m not here to pick on anyone, I’m just bringing up the fact that one group is being directly discriminated against because America is TOO politically correct to call out these other groups. But the evil smokers….

O.K. ladies and gentleman now for the 5th grade logic you’ve all been waiting for… and I’m sure you’ve already thought this to yourself.

All of these non smokers are pushing for this bill because it suits their own interests. 1) It fully funds an expensive program that they themselves are not having to pay out for. 2) It helps decline the amount of smokers.

Here’s the question for all of those aforementioned persons: When smokers can no longer afford to smoke and you already have this 50-100 Billion a year program rolling… where is the government going to turn for money when the cigarette revenues are down? OMG! YOU! Yes, you will be there to pick up the tab and join the rest of us in funding everyone else’s healthcare.

If smokers are bringing down the healthcare industry with our large costs…. then lets tax cigarettes like we are about to and put it into a fund to pay for OUR OWN hospital bills. Well there’s an idea! No, I didn’t think of that one. But apparently no one on Capital Hill did either.

Other Notes: (Taken from heritage.org)

While a tobacco tax is a politically popular funding source, it has several significant shortcomings:

· A tobacco tax disproportionately burdens low-income Americans, lacks long-term stability, and ultimately results in significant shifting of health care costs onto others.

· With the number of smokers already declining, a tobacco tax would further reduce the number of smokers, thereby eroding the funding source.

· To produce the revenues that Congress needs to fund SCHIP expansion through such a tax would require 22.4 million new smokers by 2017.

Around half of smokers are in families earning less than 200 percent of the federal poverty line (FPL), so increasing the tobacco tax would burden the families in the income class that SCHIP and Medicaid are trying to help.

How do YOU feel about it?

– Jason

Boycott after Boycott brought to you in part by IAmRoberson

As I’ve gotten older I’ve come to be very fond of personal politics and more of a patriot and ‘for the people’ in practice. I tend to stand firm in what I believe in even to the point of using a good ole’ fashioned boycott. You know a boycott…. the stuff you read about back in school history books. What our forefathers used as personal economic weapons to those they felt were doing the wrong thing. Since I’m so stubborn and refuse to budge on my core patriotic beliefs I decided I would hard code them into my site.

I would obviously like any of you to read my list as I add to them but feel free to choose your own opinions about it. I will tell you up front that boycotting can be very difficult, especially if it is a company you personally buy/use something from but if I can (as a person who hates change) can do it and find alternatives then anyone can.

Now there are several companies in particular that I boycott currently. If you know me you may know how I feel about illegal immigration. Illegal immigration is one of my ‘hot spots’ and I feel very passionately about it. Without going into a long political layout of things (which I may do later) I’ll say that they, if ILLEGAL, due a lot of harm to the country’s economy, security, and the citizens themselves. Some of my reasons are:

* They qualify for government assistance (eventually even Social Security) yet they pay $0 in taxes towards it. (ie. that means you and I are paying for their benefits.)

(This also includes going to the hospital to have multiple children and leaving the bills to be wiped due to non payment. Wiping debt causes rates and the cost of medical care to go up for the rest of us to pay back the hospital’s losses.)

* They are the #1 cause of Alcohol related auto accidents in this state. People may contest that but 9/10 times you see or read about the deaths on the highways these days it is followed by (is here illegally and does not have a license to operate a vehicle).

(This is a larger liability because if they do not flee the scene they are still driving without any insurance in most cases and leave the injured persons or victim’s family with high hospital bills.)

This points to another issue which is liability in general. They have no SSN, or identification so they are not traceable once they are released from custody. (which by the way most places are catch / warn / and release.

* They earn money only to send most of it back to their home country. This means they are taking money from our (now hurting) economy and not spending it back into our economy.

* They are getting reduced or free educations in a lot of cases because most states do not ban undocumented immigrants. They can often times qualify for education assistance which means hardworking Americans and their children no longer have that assistance available to themselves. We pay for education because the assistance programs that are created to help us are being given out to people who don’t put back into our system. (Vicious Cycle again.)

I say all of that to say this: I am not prejudice or racist. I don’t care who comes here or from where but I DO want them do be documented, legal, and responsible. Bring them over from whatever homeland they decide to come from however, make them do it correctly and legally. Legal immigrants cause little to none of the aforementioned problems and usually are themselves upset with ones that cheat the system that they worked so hard to get into.

Ok, back to the boycott issue. Here is my list of companies that I boycott due to their relationships with the illegal immigration issues. (and Why!)

Bank of America Bank of America Supports illegal immigration and open borders.
Bank of America has been identified as part of the OBL Open Borders Lobby.
You should Boycott them for the following reasons.

  1. Bank of America accepts the worthless Mexican ID called a Matricula Consular card. Only illegal aliens in America need this card to function.
  2. Bank of America knowingly gives illegal aliens bank accounts and home mortgages at a time when foreclosures are at historically high levels for legal American citizens.
  3. Bank of America is now targeting illegal aliens to receive credit cards with no social security or credit history. In effect, illegal aliens will be given preferential treatment over American credit consumers.
  4. Bank of America gives tens of thousands of dollars to racist groups that support illegal immigration such as La Raza (The Race), MALDEF, and LULAC. They also give money to try and defeat immigration enforcement measures supported by the American public such as Arizona’s proposition 200!

Companies like Bank of America want to make a buck off of illegal immigration while Americans pay the many costs associated with this crisis.
Existing federal law says they should not do it.
(* Information taken from www.bankofamericaboycott.com a wonderful informational website, check it out!)

Miller Beer Miller Brewing Company of Milwaukee, WI, producers of the popular beer Miller Genuine Draft, has given at least $30,000 to groups that support illegal aliens and illegal immigration so they can march down our city streets making demands of Americans.
(* Information taken from www.millerboycott.com )
Home Depot Known to subsidize day labor lounges for illegal aliens throughout California, and will even lobby local city counsels for tax payer subsidization of these lounges.
(* Information taken from www.noinvaders.org )
Citi Bank A fanatic lobbyist for promoting and accepting the Matricula Consular card, they boast a bank account campaign accepting the card and giving away mugs with the Mexican flag.
(* Information taken from www.noinvaders.org )

There are many more offenders but I will stop this post at this point and let you mull over and collect your own opinion about this subject.

– Jason