New Cigar Tax in Pennsylvania
From Cigar Aficionado:
The governor’s budget plan calls for a first-ever tax on premium cigars of 3.6 cents a stick. Coupled with the recent renewal of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, taxes on a single cigar in the Keystone State could jump from 5 cents to roughly 43 cents per cigar.
It’s being sold as one of those “sin” taxes. Let me translate what a “sin” tax is:
- A way for politicians to increase their power.
This is what politics is all about. People need to realize that once smoking is eventually banned (and it will be) the politicians will put non-smokers in their cross-hairs. It might be in the form of another “sin” tax, maybe on fatty foods or something else health related. And what really scares me the most is universal health care.
Whatever name it comes under, universal health care will be used to ram through whatever nanny-staters want in the name of “prevention.” See, if you couch new laws and regulations in certain ways almost no one can be against them.
Once universal health care comes about there will be a need to ration health care. The easiest way to do this is by prohibiting people who do something evil, like smoking or being fat, from getting access to health care. If you don’t live the life the government wants you to leave you will get left out.
If you view taxes on smoking as something that is good just wait. You’re next.