October 20, 2016
[Eight things I try to consider when deciding how to vote.]
[The 2016 Blue Book--Amendment 72 info on amendment-72_pp-35-41_cigarette-tax]
[2016 General Election TABOR notices]
[The Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) in the Colorado Constitution.]
[The US Constitution Bill of Rights & Later Amendments]
John Andrews always has a way with words – click here to see how John Andrews comments on Amendment 72 and the other state-wide issues on the ballot. He has the same recommendation that I have: Vote no on all of them.
John Andrews’ statement on Amendment 72:
“No on Amendment 72: Raise Cigarette and Tobacco Taxes — Sin taxes to modify behavior are the wrong use of government power, not to mention this would create a black market and worsen an already over-large state government.”
Seriously, if you support punishing people with the strong arm of government for behaviors that you don’t approve of — what behaviors will be the next target. Will YOU be the next target? This reminds me of a quote I learned of as a child:
Quote from Martin Niemoller
First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out –
because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out –
because I was not a socialist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out –
because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out –
because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak out for me.
Amendment 72 takes away individual freedom — makes people feel self-righteous —
transfers control to those in government
And taxing doesn’t stop behaviors from happening unless the person is made impotent. Deciding to tax behaviors you don’t like, is just being a bully — dishonest bullying – and it transfers control from an individual to the government.
Last summer Laura Carno wrote about Amendment 72,
and why she recommends voting against it.
Here is a portion of her article that can be seen here:
“Now, just in under the wire, is a new proposed initiative to triple the sales tax on cigarettes, and to increase the sales tax on cigars and chewing tobacco by 22% —bringing it to a 66% sales tax. The ballot initiative proponents claim that the money will be spent on only good things. So their sales pitch is that we tax people doing gross, nasty things that we don’t like and give the money to people we like better. That’s a pretty disingenuous sales pitch, but it’s not the prime reason I will be opposing this tax increase if it makes the November ballot.
“I’ve written plenty in the past about my opposition to tax increases and the big government that new taxes help to fund. I make the case in my book, Government Ruins Nearly Everything, that there are some issues, even big issues, that government just shouldn’t be involved with. It isn’t very good at fixing anything. This proposed increase on tobacco taxes is no different.
“The money will ostensibly be used for good things —you know, children, veterans, puppies, apple pie— as all tax increases claim. But after all of the tax increases and all of the great programs, nothing is ever fixed. Because government just isn’t capable of fixing anything.
“My opposition to this proposed tobacco tax increase, to Amendment 69, and any other tax increase politicians try to pass is based on this principle: Starve. The. Beast.
“A government that always gets bigger and never gets smaller hasn’t earned a raise. Even if you hate tobacco products, don’t let yourself be played by a state government that only aims to get bigger. They don’t deserve one more dime.”