All California Will Get With Higher Cigarette Taxes is More Crime

    Rumors are once again rumbling in the cash-starved, big spenders in California’s legislature to raise tobacco taxes. But does this work? History says that not only does the tax hike rarely bring in more money to the state the hike also causes more crime as criminals move in with black market good s at cheaper prices. Once again the denizens of Sacramento are looking to | Read More »

    World Health Organization’s Continuing Attempts to Usurp American Sovereignty

    World Health Organization's Continuing Attempts to Usurp American Sovereignty

    The World Health Organization (WHO), a United Nations subsidiary, appears to be gearing up for a fresh effort to undermine countries’ sovereignty in setting regulations, this time by pushing for a global, comprehensive ban on all tobacco product promotion. WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific Dr. Shin Young-soo is citing the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control as requiring sovereign nations to “comprehensively ban tobacco advertising, promotion | Read More »

    Maryland planning more stealth tax hikes on poor?

    In a socially-acceptable way, of course: ie, via another hike in the tax on tobacco. The “Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative” – a name whose hint of subtle menace should make small-government types involuntarily shiver – looking to raise it by a buck a pack, because… well, pretty much because they want people to quit smoking, and taxing it through the ceiling is supposed to accomplish | Read More »

    Maryland planning more stealth tax hikes on poor?

    In a socially-acceptable way, of course: ie, via another hike in the tax on tobacco. The “Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative” – a name whose hint of subtle menace should make small-government types involuntarily shiver – looking to raise it by a buck a pack, because… well, pretty much because they want people to quit smoking, and taxing it through the ceiling is supposed to accomplish | Read More »

    Biggest Killer: Camels, Chevy Volts, Mercury Bulbs or Big Government?

    Warning: Smoking Newports could result in being elected President of the United States, proficiency in basketball jump shots and weekend golf. Soon after President Barack Obama’s Department of Education meddlers finished their 19-page guidelines outlawing male pursuits of females on college campi, his FDA nanny staters revisited General Surgeon’s suggested reading material before walking a mile for a Camel before Halloween 2012.

    New York State vs. Small Business

    In any economic evaluation, you have to balance long-term goals and short-term goals in a way that will ultimately benefit the “Bigger Picture.” In other words, though it isn’t always the case, sometimes you have to sacrifice short-term prosperity in order to benefit greater in the long run. Recent decisions by New York State, however, seem to suggest a willingness on the part of the | Read More »

    Why Side With Teddy Kennedy?

    Why in God’s name would you want to co-sponsor legislation with Teddy Kennedy that will increase the size and scope of the federal government and its regulatory powers? John Cornyn, Olympia Snowe, and Susan Collins have done so. They have lent their names to legislation sponsored by Teddy Kennedy to give the FDA regulatory oversight of tobacco. I have no problem with taxing tobacco out | Read More »

    Florida Republicans Embrace Tax Increases

    The Republican party has relatively few assets today: we trail in voter ID, we have lost ground in many states, and we have no ‘levers of power’ in Washington. The party has lost credibility on spending issues, and voters are unsure what we stand for. If you needed proof, just look at how many grassroots activists attending the Tea Parties say that they are as | Read More »

    Anti-smoking extremists losing in North Carolina

    The Charlotte Observer, Tar Heel House Democrats and their useful Republican idiot allies against private property rights are losing their war against tobacco they thought they had won after last fall’s election results. The proposed ban on smoking in restaurants and other businesses is now in the hands of the N.C. Senate, where it has the support of the powerful Democratic leader. “My take would | Read More »

    Tobacco taxes secure property rights

    Property rights ought to trump second-hand smoke, but it may be politicians love for tax revenues that snuff out power plays by non-smokers to impose smoking bans in restaurants. Originally published by Mike “gamecock” DeVine as Charlotte Law and Civil Rights Examiner for Examiner.com “It’s not about personal freedoms. It’s not about businesses’ property rights. This is a health issue bill.” That was House Majority | Read More »

    The Nanny Congress and Tobacco

    (cross-posted at Society for Independent Thinking) On Wednesday, a not-well-publicized vote went to Congress, to turn over the regulation of tobacco to the FDA. The bill, of course, puts more money into the FDA to combat smoking, in the latest federal attempt to keep adults from taking care of themselves as they see fit. John McCain approves of the measure. So does Barack Obama. And, | Read More »