Cig tax increase cliffhanger

Update: Prop. 29 lost.

June 5, 2012

By John Seiler

Looks like we might not know until late tonight whether poor smokers will be taxed into penury by Proposition 29, the $735 million tax increase for wealthy cancer “charities.”  As of 9 pm, it’s winning with 51.3 percent of the vote, but only 10 percent of the precincts counted.

Of course, Prop. 29 was sold as an attack on evil Big Tobacco. But given that mainly poor people smoke now, it would hit them the hardest. The money would go to well-funded cancer and other “charities” that really are just robbers. Isn’t “charity” supposed to be voluntary?

As former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown also noted, the tax increase, assuming it passes, would create a bigger black market, which means more crime in poor areas. Do you think cigarette gangs will be shooting up the gated communities where the “charity” executives and fat-cat scientists live?

Maybe it still will lose.


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  1. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 5 June, 2012, 21:33

    I predict Prop 29 will win despite the huge money the tobacco companies dumped to fight it.


    Because people love to vote to tax other people. People love scapegoats. People love misery as long as somebody else has to live with the pain. It’s the human condition. The nature of the beast. We are really not that far removed from furry animals if you compare our DNA. Some things will never change. That’s part of the price one pays for being born.

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  2. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 5 June, 2012, 23:23

    I might have spoken too soon. They ‘nays’ are closing and there’s less than a percentage point difference with 28% of the vote in. Keeping my fingers crossed but expecting the worst. Hope I’m pleasantly surprised in the morning.

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  3. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 6 June, 2012, 05:06

    Sometimes I love to be wrong. Just heard that Prop 29 lost by less than 1%.

    Hallelujah! Glory be!

    The leeches will have to go someplace else to get their money. This time they can’t exploit the lower middle class and the uneducated. The money grab failed! The libs must be crying in their mocha this morning!!! heh. 🙂

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  4. Donkey
    Donkey 6 June, 2012, 06:21

    A moment of temporary sanity? I’ll buy a lasting change in California toward fiscally sensible government when they replace their leftists politicians (Brown, Pelosi,Boxer, Feinstein etc..). Until then its still the “lets party dude” state of cradle to grave liberalism and the dolts who elect them. 🙂

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  5. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 6 June, 2012, 06:43

    Yes, Mr. Donkey. But the momentum is changing. Last night was the start of the sea change. The pendulum swung WAY too far to the left. Now it is returning to an equilibrium. The insatiable trough feeders got a wake up call this morning. IT’S NOT BUSINESS AS USUAL ANYMORE! Now we have them looking over their shoulders. The collective population has figured out the scam. We raised them and CALLED! Time to put the cards down on the table for all to see!!! HAH! 😀

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