Smokes, Booze, Al And Corruption
We need higher tobacco taxes, right? Sure we do.
Adults with 16 or more years of education had the lowest smoking prevalence (11.3 percent). Adults with 9 to 11 years of education had higher smoking prevalence (36.8 percent) compared to adults with fewer or more years of education.
Smoking prevalence was higher among adults living below the poverty level (32.3 percent) than those living at or above the poverty level (23.5 percent).
Smoking prevalence remained at the highest among American Indians/Alaska Natives at 40 percent in 1998. Prevalence among African-Americans (24.7 percent) and Caucasians (25.0 percent) remained higher than among Hispanics (19.1 percent) and Asians/Pacific Islanders (13.7 percent). Smoking prevalence among racial/ethnic populations has remained fairly stable in recent years. As smoking has declined among the white non-Hispanic population, tobacco companies have targeted both African Americans and Hispanics with intensive merchandising, which includes billboards, advertising and media oriented to these communities, and sponsorship of civic groups and athletic, cultural, and entertainment events.
As you can see, we need to tax the least educated and poorest minorities in the nation. Why? Because somebody has to pay for the healthcare programs proposed- and who better to tax than the least educated and poorest minorities in the nation.
Why are there no proposals to further tax alcohol? Easy answer. Alcohols is consumed by a much wider voting demographic. Besides, an increased alcohol tax would hit the Senator from Massachusetts's who lives in Florida right where lives.
The tobacco companies have lots to answer for, but in the end, taxing the least educated and poorest minorities in the nation don't address the issue- and both the Democrats and Republicans know that.
What happens when you use 3 times the amount of energy than other Americans? You win a Nobel Prize!
Al Gore is hypocrite who flies around around in private jets and parks those jets in a remote corner of airports in the hope that no one will notice. He takes a limousine to within a block or two of his destination, gets out and pretends he's walked.
And then he has the temerity to chastise Americans that they are screwing up the planet. Why on earth would anyone believe that Al Gore is even capable of telling the truth about anything?
Of course, Al Gore didn't do it alone. He had plenty of help. The Hollywood glitterati, all hypocrites and energy hogs like himself, helped put together the documentary that won him the Nobel Prize.
It's not as if the Hollywood glitterati would lie, right? Who else is at the fore when it comes to giving up their wasteful ways, massive and obscene energy consumption and excesses?
Not everything is gloomy, to be sure. There are plenty of old fashioned values on capital Hill.
Nancy Pelosi has been leading the charge against the Republican 'culture of corruption.'
She has yet to vote and support a single ethics reform bill that has passed her desk.
Ms Pelosi has publicly called for an end to budget earmarks, demanding that all such proposals be opened to public scrutiny. She has demanded that a complete ban be placed on all earmarks that would personally impact a member's own finances.
None of that has occurred.
After the last mid term elections, the Democrats did manage to pass a spending bill, held over from the previous Congress, one that contained hundreds of millions in earmarks. One earmark, proposed by Pelosi herself would have funneled taxpayer money into the same San Francisco neighborhood where the Pelosis own four prime properties.
For some reason, not a single Democrat or Republican candidate for President has anything to say on corruption.
Have a nice day.