Old Drum

Commentary on Warrensburg, Johnson County and Missouri issues from a Libertarian perspective. View my earlier commentary at www.olddrum.net.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Amendment 3, Tobacco Tax

I'm definitely against this on, on several grounds.

1. It's a regressive tax, preying most heavily on those who can least afford it.
2. It's a constitutional amendment, enshrining government-funded health care in the state constitution. If the money provided by the tobacco tax isn't enough, it will take money from the general fund. It will be a huge, never-ending money pit.
3. The numbers don't add up. There's some slack in there someplace, and who knows where that will go.
4. Have you ever seen a program that the legislature couldn't find a way to siphon off?
5. The hospital lobby is strongly supporting it, because they can get more money.

Enough is enough.


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