Louisiana’s smokers recently took a hit from Obama and his henchmen in congress when they raised the cigarette tax. They said this will both pay for health care for children and cause smokers to quit, but if smokers quit buying cigarettes won’t children then be without the health care that was provided to children by them? Smokers, you’ve got to choose between saving your own life and the many lives of children. Oh the dilemma you face, you’re caught between your health and saving money, and that great satisfaction you get every time you light up a smoke knowing that you are helping save a little child’s life.
What’s more, this cigarette tax is a great way for poor people to share in the joy of giving to little kids, as smokers make up 30% of the poor and decreases as we move up into different financial classes. So poor people, light up and feel good about lighting up, after all, your federal government wants you to light up, children what you to light up, people who either can’t or won’t pay for their children’s health care want you to light up, so apparently, it’s your patriotic duty to light up.
And as for the rest of you, if you’re not at least buying tobacco – quit being selfish, children are suffering because you’re being too greedy with your money. Buy a pack of smokes, buy a few cigars, start chewing tobacco, show the rest of us that you care about children’s health care.
The way I figure it, since 30% of poor people smoke and only 10% of the wealthy smoke, it stands to reason that the rich just aren’t paying their fair share to help children have health care. If some of you wealthier people would light up every now and then, Karen Carter Peterson wouldn’t have an excuse to wage a tax war on poor people.
I know some of you are going to deny that Karen Carter isn’t waging a tax war on poor people, but if she isn’t, why is she attacking a product that is disproportionately used by the poor? And being that she proudly proclaims herself as Obama’s go to gal (or sucker punch) in the Louisiana Legislature, it stands to reason that she supports the Cap and Trade proposal which will raise your electricity by 68% and increase the federal gas tax by $1.82 a gallon to $2.00 a gallon. Again, this will disproportionately hurt the poor. How will anybody making less than $20,000 afford to drive to work? What Karen Carter Peterson apparently wants is for the Louisiana state government to be another finger in the iron fist of big government that’s squeezing the life and freedom out of her constituents. Dear Karen, the Federal government is already burdening us with higher taxes, fines, and fees, don’t sucker punch your constituents with an already burdensome tax.
If Karen Carter Peterson cared about her constituents, what she would do is start finding ways to cut taxes so that businesses would be more likely to come to Louisiana as other states join the federal government in crushing their own constituents. Instead of making them pay more, help her constituents get jobs by encouraging businesses to come here. Cut cigarette taxes so that those smokers can use that money for other products and increasing the demand for other products and thus increasing jobs for your constituents. Let other states join in burdening their people with the weight of big bloated government. Let other state governments claim ownership of their people. Louisiana’s government ought to be alleviating the burden that it’s constituents face and removing barriers so that Louisiana citizens can live their own lives. That’s what I would do, if I were in her shoes.
But if I were in her shoes, and I was focused on my own political career, perhaps I would focus my tax war at poor people so rich people would give to my campaign to run for a higher office, say congress? What’s it going to be Karen? Your constituents, or buying political favor for your own political career?