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Syrinx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 05:52 AM
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I generally support Patricia Todd, but her latest proposal stinks
She's by far the most socially liberal member of the state legislature, and our first openly gay rep.

But I think her proposal to raise the cost of a pack of cigarettes by a dollar is a terrible, regressive tax.

It is a regressive tax proposal, since more poor people smoke than rich people, and also because a dollar or two a day hurts poor people a hell of a lot more than it does rich people.

And she'll probably get some Republican support for this proposal, even if she is a "damn lesbian," because the Republicans love regressive taxes even more than they hate gay people. I think.

Maybe the government should encourage people to quit smoking, but not by confiscating a significant part of their income.
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enuegii Donating Member (624 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 05:04 PM
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1. I have always wondered what the state of Alabama would do...
if everybody in the state suddenly gave up alcohol and tobacco. Talk about a crisis--would they raise property taxes? Eliminate loopholes in the tax code for corporations? Not very likely. Might be fun to watch from a safe distance, though.

Unfortunately, I don't have anywhere else to go.
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prodem755 Donating Member (5 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-23-11 12:08 PM
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2. i agree
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