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Democrats’ 1121% Tax Increase

rutecht Wrote: Feb 11, 2013 9:51 AM
What was the goal of taxing tobacco originally? Was it to curb the behavior, or to raise money for the government in tax revenues? I guess the truth comes out, doesn't it?

That is not a typo.

A group of Democrat senators, none of whom are particularly friendly to law-abiding consumers, have introduced a bill (S.174) that would hike taxes by as much as 1,121 percent on some tobacco products. According to feisty New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg, who will be a nonagenarian next year, the bill is necessary because some tobacco companies are “gaming the system.”

Gaming what system, Frank?

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