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Obama budget includes
94-cent tax hike on cigarettes

Associated Press, by Staff

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Posted By:JoniTx, 4/10/2013 12:27:23 PM

President Obama´s budget plan would increase taxes by $580 billion over the next decade, but it relies on many proposals that have been repeatedly rejected by Congress. Some were rejected as recently as January, when Congress voted to make permanent a series of tax cuts first enacted under President George W. Bush. Among them, a proposal to limit itemized deductions for high-income families. One new proposal is a 94 cents-a-pack increase in the cigarette tax. The tax would raise an estimated $78 billion over the next decade to pay for early childhood education.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: stevendm, 4/10/2013 12:38:38 PM     (No. 9268707)

I´ll bet that he exempts former presidents from the cigarette tax hike.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Hazymac, 4/10/2013 12:45:37 PM     (No. 9268730)

Until January 1999 I had been a heavy (two pack a day) smoker, and my habit was, I figured, costing me about $1,500 per year, at approximately $2.00 per pack. The absurd class action lawsuit against tobacco companies (which should have been unceremoniously tossed out of court with trebled court costs charged to the litigators) that garnered a few law firms a $365 billion windfall had been decided in late 1998, and taxes were about to take a rocket ride into outer space.

Just last week I was in a local supermarket scanning the cigarette racks behind the cashier to see how much my old brand (Benson & Hedges: at various times regular, light, and ultra-light) cost now. One pack is $7.60. And rising. In some blue states the per pack cost is over $10.00. When I was born cigarettes were $0.23, and two pennies were left beneath the cellophane wrapper as change for a quarter.

As a libertarian I hotly resented greedy Big Government types getting any deeper into my pocket than they already were with cigarette excise taxes, so, with the encouragement of my precious nephew (who didn´t want his unbcle to die) I just quit. Since then the government has collected exactly zero in cigarette taxes from me. Serves ´em right. The Left, dominated by illogical static thinking, think that the public is unresponsive to increased taxes. But we are. Maybe they´ll learn someday, but I kind of doubt it. You can´t fix stupid.

Incidentally, I quit cold turkey, and after three months didn´t even like the smell of them anymore.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: pickle1, 4/10/2013 12:55:01 PM     (No. 9268761)

Of course that exempts him.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Former lurker, 4/10/2013 12:55:27 PM     (No. 9268764)

Since the overwhelming majority of smokers are in the lower income brackets the headline should be "Obama raises taxes on the poorest. Americans".

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Reply 5 - Posted by: mickturn, 4/10/2013 12:57:08 PM     (No. 9268775)

Now how am I supposed to get my nicotine from second hand smoke if my friends can´t affort ciggs?

You have no concern for the aflicted!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Hazymac, 4/10/2013 1:02:27 PM     (No. 9268783)

Errata: uncle
But we are [quite responsive.]

I wish I could convince myself that anything other than a Greater Depression and the collapse of American society could bring about the death of Big Government and absurd levels of taxation and spending, but I can´t. Voters have been educated downward, numbed to the effects of what their votes are bringing. When everything finally goes to hell they´ll find out the hard way. And as our enemies celebrate the demise of America, those in the political classes known to be responsible for the dissolution of this nation will find the world an exceedingly small place in which to attempt to hide. Tyranny thus brings its own reward, unfortunately, long after people should have known to put an end to it. This ignoble experiment of hyper-statism is B.F. Skinner´s behavior therapy writ extremely large.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: voxpopuli, 4/10/2013 1:05:27 PM     (No. 9268797)

"The tax would raise an estimated $78 billion over the next decade to pay for early childhood education.."

early childhood education..
boy.. talk about an oxymoron - coming from a moron..

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 4/10/2013 1:27:27 PM     (No. 9268841)

In spite of old technology.....gas was 17 cents a gallon in 1960. I remember "Gas Wars" in SoCal that would bring it down to 12 cents.

.....and they put it in for you and washed yer damn windshield, checked yer oil and wiper blades, topped up yer radiator and tires.

I´m talkin´ Anaheim not Mayberry.



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Reply 9 - Posted by: Not your typical New Yorker, 4/10/2013 1:32:39 PM     (No. 9268855)

#6 speaks true.

Nothing short of a catastrophic American collapse will fix the creeping unAmerican socialism we see today.

When you find yourself selling apples on a street corner, it clarifies the mind quick like.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: web, 4/10/2013 1:55:29 PM     (No. 9268904)

I am a smoker, and I am already paying for educating the children of criminal aliens, through the Tobacco Settlement, which was supposedly paying for the costs of smokers healthcare. The states use the money for everything but... which seems fraudulent to me. They should be required to spend the money for the purpose of the lawsuit.
The whole Seconhand-smoke push was based on lies and phoney studies. The front men going around the country pushing for smoking restrictions, such as Stanton Glantz, have ties to the pharmaceutical industry. I´m considering quit smoking just to deny liberals the use of my tax money.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Aunt Agnes, 4/10/2013 3:05:00 PM     (No. 9269031)

I quit long ago when it got too expensive - they don´t get any more taxes out of me for the their lib causes. What really annoys me is that the choice of whether to smoke or not isn´t really in my hands now. My ex-husband used to smoke these wonderful Amaretto cigars & I would love one with a scotch once in awhile - but smokers have become such pariahs that I don´t even know anymore where or if it would be acceptable. (Yes, I´m a gal who likes cigars).

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Reply 12 - Posted by: provide, 4/10/2013 11:14:13 PM     (No. 9269696)

There should be some Indian Smoke Shops opening in Chicago.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Booneboy, 4/11/2013 12:26:05 AM     (No. 9269754)

Support your local drug dealer, change to marijuana, there are not taxes on this product. And the liberals will support you.

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