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Here is more smoking gun evidence. 

Obama promised to never ever raise taxes for anyone making under $250,000 and that 95%  of all Americans would receive a tax break, but on April 1st another tax break, has literally gone up in smoke.   

The increase of cigarette taxes jumped up 156% on April Fools Day.  The tax hike on roll-your-own tobacco is 2160% ,

Rich smokers, and the poor who are the least likely to afford it, are paying more taxes. More than half of smokers are working poor and live below the poverty line making about $36,000; well below the threshold $250,000.  I’d call that a tax increase, plain and simple. 

What fools voters were to not see through the smoke for the truth about Obama, who himself smokes.  It is addictive.  It spins molecules in pleasure centers.  It stinks.  It smells great.  Some love it, some hate it.  Most admittedly, inhale.  

I stopped at the Shell gas station to fill up for $2.05 a gallon, for a whopping $38 total for my 18 mpg, gas guzzling, American branded GMC, 4×4.  I bought a pack of cigarettes for $6.50.  How could a pack of smokes cost more than a gallon of gas refined from the earth? 

I get the whole fuel tax whose receipts are usually dedicated to transportation projects- a users fee, where we still have to pay to travel on toll roads.  I also understand the medical costs associated with smoking, but eventually – we will all die of something.  It is probably a higher incidence of pneumonia from for smokers standing outside in frigid weather to light up.  Remember those childproof lighters?  Whatever happened to them?  http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr1210_03.html has a whole list of CPSC- Consumer Protection laws on the books that are not enforced.

When all the smokers die, who will be left to pay the tax that is earmarked for government subsidized health care for children?   It is supposed to provide health insurance under the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009.  http://www.ncsl.org/programs/health/chiphome.htm

In PA- ” Smokers indeed pay quite a hefty sum to not only Uncle Sam – now at $1.01 per pack.  The state also scrapes in $1.35 every time someone says, “can I get a pack of …” That’s $2.36 for those taxes, which doesn’t include sales tax,…”http://www.wayneindependent.com/news/x180621890/-Shock-awe-over-huge-cigarette-tax-hike

I know, I know, quit already.  Every time I light up, my blood pressure boils not only at the health risk, but at the fact that it is just one more thing that the stealth government is controlling. 

Use your credit card and the world will know of all the sins you purchase.  PayPal enforces its morals clause with extra fines and fees. The terms of service have long banned the purchase of adult content, shady prescription drugs dealings and gambling services, and the e-commerce payment firm owned by eBay debits account owners bank accounts directly for as much as $500 per violation.  http://www.marketingvox.com/paypal_to_fine_accounts_500_for_sin_purchases-016859/

Buy all the sin you wish as long as you are willing to pay.  When did PayPal turn Catholic?

298-112 , The House passed legislation giving the FDA power to regulate tobacco.  The FDA’s reputation as of late has been less than stellar.  Who will be the tobacco czar?  Who is left to pass a moral justification that hasn’t had problems with the IRS?   

The tobacco producing states will oppose the bill.  Where is the outrage from the tobacco manufacturers?   Under the proposed law, they can’t ban existing tobacco products, but will have power to restrict sales for safety reasons. 

Why wouldn’t the government ban smoking entirely?  Because smokers provide more than $5 billion in tax revenue annually! The United States provides an annual net tax revenue from cigarettes of $5,586,000,000. source at http://www.smokingaloud.com/ban-cigarettes.html  who also says, “Take money out of the equation and these bleeding heart liberals will tuck their tails and abandon your children.”

Five billion dollars, boys and girls.  That’s buying power.

Your safety is determined by the Marlboro Man and Mr. Goodwrench aka, President Obama, just like your health care is about to be.

Smoke ’em while you got ’em.  Want to quit?  See more of your tax dollars at work at http://www.smokefree.gov/index.asp

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We usually feel better after apology but not this time.  According to the NY Times, “The Obama administration is signaling to Congress that the president could support taxing some employee health benefits, as several influential lawmakers and many economists favor, to help pay for overhauling the health care system.”  http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/15/us/politics/15health.html?_r=1

Yesterday, President Obama said, “It’s never as good as we say it is and it’s never as bad as we say it is. I’m very optimistic.”   Gee, that makes me feel better.  Obama has placed himself in a win/win with that comment and placed all of us in further jeopardy of being poor.  During the election Obama criticized McCain for even suggesting it- so instead, he is sending a message to Congress that if they will do it, he will sign it into law.  Throw in the proposed carbon tax and a tax for every mile driven and the working man or woman won’t see even half of his wages.

SodaHead’s blog writes, ” Doing the math, this would cost the average family receiving health insurance from their employers $2,000 or more in extra taxes per year. Kiss that $600 dollar tax cut good by.” http://www.sodahead.com/blog/49361/obama-plan-to-tax-your-health-care-how-does-that-grab-you/ .

What incentive is there to work when under O, soon most services will be free anyways?  Why should my doctor bust his ass on a Friday when it puts him into a higher tax bracket?  Schools around the nation are considering four day weeks, why not the rest of us?  “By extending school hours and eliminating a day of classes each week, education officials say they could save bus loads of money on transportation and utilities.” http://www.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_11898035?nclick_check=1

Why not go to four days a week for all of us?  While I am pondering three day weekends, maybe we should move to the European style of vacations and work ethics.  In the 15 nations of the European Union, by law all full-time employees must be given a minimum of four weeks’ paid vacation per year; in Japan mandates 25 days a year, so unlike 127 other countries, the U.S. has no minimum paid-leave law.  We are the No Vacation Nation and are taxed so highly that half of us can’t afford to go on vacation anyways.  We work hard to give to our government.

Harvard Economist Juliet Shore wrote that we should hold jobs to a set number of hours per week, offer comp time for any overtime, and lower our living standards. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/046505434X.  Lower our living standards?  Ain’t that a kick in the ass, go to work and lower the standards for the American Dream!  Frig u.

Accepting lower standards is only half the problem.  The standards are so low, that it is now perceived to be okay to accept welfare and subsidized housing on a regular basis. Used to be I’d see folks in line at the grocery store embarrassed as they paid with food stamps, now they wave them in the air like they are a prize.  Accepting the standards of the welfare system should never be acceptable nor should the incentive to lower our standards ever be spat out.

I could envision a job interview where the employee says that they expect to work no more than 40 hours a week.  Laughable, because there are plenty of others who are willing to work twice as long for the same pay with or without vacation time. 

TAKE BACK YOUR TIME is a major U.S./Canadian initiative to challenge the epidemic of overwork, over-scheduling and time famine that now threatens our health, our families and relationships, our communities and our environment.  http://www.timeday.org/.  It isn’t my time that feels threatened at the moment, it is my wallet under Obama’s tax plans.

We really don’t have to worry about Take Back Your Time Day- October 24 with so many unemployed we have lots of vacation time, just no money and no incentives to look for work.  Even if you still have a job and take a paid vacation, you are taxed.  Oh, the poor travel industry. 

I think you even have to pay taxes on unemployment compensation.  Is there anything left that doesn’t have a tax?  The only thing I can think of is breathing and when that ends, there is a death tax.

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