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Tax The Smokers!

September30

Congress has passed tax legislation that will increase children’s health care coverage by $35 billion. The increased coverage will be financed with a 156% increase in the federal cigarette tax.

Obviously this means poor smokers would pay the majority of the Health Bill.

Apparently demographics indicate that Low-income people smoke more heavily than do wealthier people. So, chain-smoking red-necks are claiming that cigarette taxes are regressive.

On a more reasonable note, some of the insurance plan’s champions say higher cigarette taxes discourage smoking.

We need to put this into perspective… This is, of course, sublime poetry. It is a terrific example of the laws of natural selection getting ready to play itself out.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

I am not being cynical!

September26

A new study shows tax breaks given to drug companies have failed to create the promised jobs, to which the Bush Administration replied: “Al-Qaeda in Iraq shares Osama bin Laden’s goal of making Iraq a base for its radical Islamic empire and using it as a safe haven for attacks on America.”

Kidding, rather.

In a related story, Merck had strong earnings in the second quarter, or, as it reported to the IRS, no earnings in the second quarter.

Meanwhile, the FDA asked Wyeth for additional information about its menopause drug, but Wyeth suddenly got moody and angry, and said, “Fine. Just forget it.”

Former Treasury Secretary John Snow said raising fuel standards would harm the U.S. auto industry, causing almost as much damage as the industry’s done to itself. In a totally unrelated development, Snow is now chairman of Cerberus Group Capital – which is buying Chrysler.

In other corporate news, XM and Sirius might allow customers to choose individual programming, which would probably mean the end of unpopular channels – which, in turn, means the end of most satellite stations.

Brian Patrick Cork

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