In Florida, cigar smokers are beginning to see the point in fighting back against an all-out assault by our government on cigars. It’s a start but I think they are going at it the wrong way. Here’s a couple of cigar smokers’ arguments:
“It’s not going to affect my average smoker as much. It’s going to hurt the little guy.”
“If you read [S-CHIP], there’s so much pork in it.”
“Why pick on the cigar industry? Why don’t they tax McDonald’s or Wendy’s or Burger King? These are the industries affecting the health of the children. Not us.”
“[If we got out of Afghanistan instead of taxing cigars] we could have health insurance for all Americans, not just children.”
Look, I feel for these people. They are getting attacked and they’re trying to protect themselves however possible. But trying to divert the attack to another group or arguing for a better way to socialize our country is not the way to go!
The nanny-staters will gladly go and attack Burger King and McDonald’s but they are still going to continue taxing cigars. I firmly believe that the only way to defend against this type of drastic, revolutionary encroachment by our government is to oppose it every chance we get.
Because, like I have said before, S-CHIP and other entitlement programs our government creates for the “benefit” of those who “can’t” fend for themselves is just a way for that government to increase its power and influence over every aspect of our lives.
Right now they are just talking about taxing “sinful” products like cigars and trans-fats but tomorrow they will be talking about outlawing these products as a way to prevent future health care costs. Then what will your argument be? “Make fries illegal but keep robustos legal”? That won’t work.
Cigar smokers, I plead of you, don’t try and divert the government’s taxes to another segment of Americans as a means to argue against cigar taxes. Don’t try to figure out a better way for the government to take control of yet another aspect of our lives. Don’t accept their premise that we need the government to provide health care for Americans.
Instead, argue for your freedom to partake in a pastime that is (still) legal! Do it before it is too late.