27 February 2007

Individual vs. The Greater Good, Round 2

The Indiana House shot down a proposal for a 25 cent per pack increase to the state's cigarette tax. The monies collected would go towards paying for insurance for low-income Hoosiers, also known as subsidized health care, but Democrats and Republicans don't want you to know that. The measure, defeated 52-44, had to pass by the end of the week because of legislative rules regarding outstanding bills moving to the other chamber for passage.

Once again, predatory legislative practices have come back to bite that government in the butt. Attempting to pick on one vice over another is no way to write laws. Let the individuals make their choices, and let them own up to them. It's not the role of government to make the choices for the individual.

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