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Democrats still trying to raise taxes on the poor

Quantum Windbag

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May 9, 2010
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[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3GnWTy8Ebg]"There You Go Again!" ~ Ronald Reagan - YouTube[/ame]

A group of 14 U.S. senators — all Democrats — are using a familiar strategy as they try to raise the federal excise tax on tobacco products.Senate Bill 1403 would provide annual funding to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act by essentially doubling the excise tax on cigarettes and small cigars.
The bill also would create "tax parity" on tobacco products by sharply raising the federal tax on smokeless tobacco so there is little tax difference between smokeless products and cigarettes.
The public-health agenda of the bill comes out in the subtitle of "Saving lives by lowering tobacco use act."
The approach is similar to one that legislators took when pushing through a law that more than doubled the federal cigarette tax – from 39 cents to $1.01 a pack – to help pay for a $32.8 billion expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program. President Obama signed that bill into law in February 2009. The additional funding was estimated to provide coverage to an additional 4 million children.

Perry and the Ponzis - Stanley Kurtz - National Review Online

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