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    Greg and Beth

    the political and personal musings of two
    mountaineers living in west-central Florida
     
    Their Logic Is Astounding Comment
    Gregory Morris, 12/8/08 3:07:12 pm
    Florida legislators want to pass a $1/pack fee for smokers, ostensibly to help fund cancer research.

    For those of you who don't know, I used to smoke a pack a day. I quit last February after smoking for about 9 years. For the most part I try not to be one of those I-just-quit-so-can-you in-your-face anti-smoking assholes. I don't like being around smoke anymore, but I also don't feel it is my right to tell anyone else what to do.

    But I still get pissed off every time the legislature says, "We need more money... let's tax a vice!" They get away with it time after time. Does anyone really think this tax money is going to be used solely to fund cancer research? Do you think this "pot of gold" won't be usurped next time some lawmaker has a pet project he wants funded?

    I'm all for cancer research, but the answer to a problem doesn't always have to be more taxation and government-run programs.

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    Re: Their Logic Is Astounding
    existingthing, 12/26/08 2:57:59 pm
    The amount of Californian tax money that is promised for some noble deed or another, probably ranges the GDPs of some countries. Of course, it just means that either cancer/education/blankets for cold puppies cost billions with zero results, or the money gets sucked into the general fund anyways.
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