The ever greedy fascists in New York have just upped the sin tax on cigarettes by $1.25/pack, for a grand total of $2.75/pack.
Of course it’s For The Childrrreennnnnn™, why do you ask?
New York Health Commissioner Dr. Richard Daines says an estimated 140,000 New Yorkers are expected to stop smoking with the tax increase.
Doubtful. More likely it will lead to booming business for Internet cigarette pushers, local Indian reservations and neighboring States, as 140,000 smoking New Yorkers spend their money elsewhere.
As far as the State is concerned, however, the difference is immaterial, because either outcome will result in plummeting State revenues, and if you ever thought that Nanny State gave a mosquito fart in a Fujita-5 twister for anything other than how much money they can leech from you to hand to themselves and their cronies, we’ve got a really nice bridge in Brooklyn that we’d like to give you such a deal on.
And that, the precipitous drop in revenues that is, will really get the government thieves’ attention in a hurry. It’s hard to buy votes, rent limos, pay off contracts handed out to friends and family and hire hookers if there’s no money coming in.
Have you guessed where this is going already? We’re sure you have. You see, whereas revenues will drop like a rock thrown into the snatch of Rosie O’Donnell, the outlays for the grandiose pork projects that the State parasites will spend all of the money that they expect to receive will not.
Which, of course, means that they’ll have to start looking for somebody else’s wallets to rob at gunpoint. Have fun with the upcoming tax increases, New Yorkers. They’ll hurt a bit, but at least you can comfort yourselves with the fact that the disposable income of some 140,000 smokers is enriching somebody other than you.
For the Children™, of course.
You get the government you deserve, and you’re about to get it good and hard. Makes you real proud of the times you’ve voted for a Nanny Statist Liberal Fascist, doesn’t it?