Originally Posted by BMK9251
When I was a kid a pack of Lucky's was $.25. Everyone smoked. I quit when they hit $1. There is absolutely no positive social benefit from cigarette smoking. Cigarettes should be banned. Period.
How about cigars? Or pipes? What about smokeless tobacco and snuff? Aren't all of those actually worse for you than cigarettes? Shouldn't we ban them too?
You know, come to think of it, fast food is bad for you too. We should ban that. It's such a drain on our society.
You know, as long as we're out here doing all this good in the world, we should probably also ban those motorcycles. I mean, there is absolutely no positive social benefit from motorcycle riding. Motorcycles should be banned. Period.
See how this works?
I don't smoke. Never have. But I was against the ban on smoking in bars (really, it's a bar-you didn't go there for your health) and I'm against a government trying to make a buck by taxing something they know people won't easily be able to give up.
I suppose some small number of people may quit smoking if you make it expensive enough, but not that many. You can be sure that's what they are counting on- they certainly don't want to see every smoker stop or the revenue street would dry up. Then theyd just have to find something else to raise taxes on.
Think I'm kidding? That I'm exaggerating? When gas prices shot up a couple years ago, high enough that people started to drive cars that got better mileage, the income dropped and the government cried and said since they lost their revenue they were going to have to add an extra per-mile road tax. Luckily that one never passed, but you can bet some congressman has it sitting in his desk drawer just waiting for a chance to break it out again.
Or just last week I heard that San Francisco's mandatory recycling program has been so successful that the trash collection company wasn't making enough money on plain old trash pick-ups and was going to raise the collection fees.
Yeah. It's all about doing what's good for you. No thanks mate, I'll make that call for myself if you don't mind, and you can keep your habits out of my wallet. Sound fair?