Dear Mr. President,
Congratulations. In only two months time you have succeeded in violating My First Amendment, My Ninth Amendment, My Fourteenth Amendment, and the Uniform Excise Tax Clause of Our United States Constitution. I am 55 years old and a SMOKING resident of California, though hopefully not for much longer. I already pay in excess of $5.00 per carton for other people's mistakes. I do not believe you mentioned a CIGARETTE TAX HIKE WHEN I VOTED FOR YOU. You said that you would END THE WAR AND RESOLVE HEALTH CARE ISSUES THROUGH EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT IN ORDER TO PAY FOR HEALTH CARE.
I WILL NOT BE BACK FOR SECOND HELPINGS OF CHANGE. AT THE LOSS OF MY CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. YOU SIR ARE A DISPARAGEMENT!.
Now for an explanation. On February 4, 2009 the prez signed in to law the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009, better known as the State Children's Health Insurance Program or SCHIP. Did Mr. Obama finance it by ending the War in Iraq? No. Did he finance the program by redirecting management while cutting pork. No. The fact of the matter is, the dear prez did the exact very wrong thing that every cowardly crusading hack Liberal sycophant does.
He decided to support the kiddies by raising the Federal tobacco tax (again and again when including State taxes), even though he has promised to quit smoking. He should. He's buying his smokes and Nicoderm patches on taxpayer's dollars, so what does he care if he taxes the smokers out of existence?
I live in California and 11 years ago the voters passed a tax increase of
$0.50 cents a pack "to cover the costs of smoking-related illnesses". The campaign for this increase was spearheaded by Rob "Meathead" Reiner of "All in the Family" and "Spinal Tap" fame. Did the money go to the stated purposes. No. The money is now covering for the State's deficits and for children's afterschool programs and...to pay for anti-smoking commercials directed by...Rob "Meathead" Reiner. His last several movies were bombs, though he did strike gold with "The Bucket List", unfortunately. I wonder how much of my cigarette taxes which were designed to discourage my habit went to pay for that stupid film?
So, I am already paying extra tobacco taxes well above the general sales tax on any other taxable item (other than alcohol and cars) for a similar cause at the local level, but Obama don't mind his promises. Now the problem is that the idiot Liberals think they have a Mandate due to overwhelming voter approval and that they can do what they want. the voters defeated a $2.60 a pack tax increase on ciggs several years ago, but the bloody local Libs now think they will go ahead and pass even higher tobacco taxes through the Legislature instead, so now the increases are threatening to rise another $1.50 a pack in California in addition to the $0.62 a pack from our Meathead prez on top of Reiner's $0.50 a pack and other price increases due to the idiot State suing Big Tobacco for $500 Billion but hording the loot (total => $3.52) while other greedy States are doing the same or worse.
To make matters worse, the dip knows the State taxes in Cali and New York are intolerable, though not as severe on loose roll-your-own tobacco, so the prez raised the taxes HIGHER on loose tobacco because the potential tax difference was available for his fucking turncoat kiddie programs which will, just like California, probably result in paying hack directors like The Meathead for his unwanted anti-smoking commercials-for-dollars.
The Federal tax increases are $0.62 a pack, $6.20 a carton, and $7.89 for 6 oz. loose tobacco to roll a carton of ciggs. The paradox is that the anti-smokers are raising the taxes in order to force people to quit, but the Tax Stamp on every pack is my license to use it, as long as I pay the tax. Of course the damn government puts all taxes on the merchant in advance so the customer cannot withold paying the tax in protest, exactly to avoid any Boston Tea Parties and the Right to Object.
I believe in programs, but I think taxes should be equal and never, ever served on any one segment as a persecution for unpopular yet lawful behavior. It's not American to do so.