Liberté. Égalité. Fraternité.
I was discovering that life just simply isn't fair and bask in the unsung glory of knowing that each obstacle overcome along the way only adds to the satisfaction in the end. Nothing great, after all, was ever accomplished by anyone sulking in his or her misery.
Our wonderful government, who thought they were so clever by jacking cig taxes to the extreme. So, what do people do (myself included) we find a cheaper way to smoke. And, in the process, since phillip Morris and the boys are losing major market share because their products have become too expensive, not because of their prices but because of government taxes, they complain. Rightly so actually, but that is the government at work for you. They end up not onlu hurting a major business and companies, but end up losing tax revenue as well. Go-go big government!
If the government was serious about the health benefits, they would not be getting people to go back to the major companies which have even more health risks to their products, but since they are losing tax revenue from their idiocy, well, there ya go. They figured they would get a windfall in taxes cause people will still smoke. They ended up losing tax revenue both by cig sales and the major tobacco companies making less money.
People don't smoke because they like smoking, although their brain likes to tell them that. They smoke because they are addicted to nicotine and the nicotine causes autosuggestion in the brain that the smoker likes smoking, not that he is addicted to nicotine. It is sort of the same with the Gov't. Since the cigarette manufacturers organize the tax collections for them, then they become partners in the endeavor. Just like nukes. Just like gasoline. Just like electricity. It is simple Corporatism. Not capitalism. Keerist, look at farming, it's just big corporate and no small farmers. Small farmers have been regulated out of the business. SOP for the Corporate control on any market. Corporatism! Think!
Last edited by DaveFagan; 04-06-12 at 08:22 AM.
As a conservative, I prefer government to have as little involvement as possible in business. There have been times where it has been a good move to take on certain monopolies. That was then. Now, the corruption in government has become so large that not are they no longer protecting from monopolies, they are purposely creating them while limiting and in many cases destroying small business. Sad, very very sad.
For the smokers:
Hubby and I bought a rolling machine about a year ago. With the cost of the tobacco and tubes, we're paying about .90 cents a pack. If you watch tv a couple of hours a week, you can roll a carton and be set for smokes until your next tv moment. Oh yeah, and no 'fire safe' taste cause it's not in there.
I would chat with her when I'm feeling particularly snarky, but I wouldn't ever call her on the phone.