The question of trusting this President has been answered yet again. Let me take you back to the Presidential Campaign of 2008.
On September 12, 2008 in Dover, New Hampshire Barack Obama said this: . "Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes."
And then, there is this quote from the Vice Presidential Debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin: "No one making less than $250,000 under Barack Obama's plan will see one single penny of their tax raised," Joe Biden said, "whether it's their capital gains tax, their income tax, investment tax, any tax."
Yesterday, April 1, 2009, the Obama Administration more than tripled taxes on tobacco. Okay, you say it affects only smokers and smoking is a nasty habit, smells bad, causes health problems, and so on. However, it's still a legal activity. It's yet another freedom being attacked by this administration. You may not care for smoking, but if they can do this to smoking, they can do it to drinking beer or wine. If they want, they can start start putting an added tax on anything that they desire. If the average car costs $25,000 and you choose one that costs $30,000, they can force you to pay an excise tax of 10% on the additional $5,000 in cost that you chose.
In addition, the majority of smokers are lower income. Yes, there are middle class smokers, upper class smokers, but the majority of smokers are lower income. Both Obama and Biden said "ANY TAX" for anyone under $250,000 income.
We're in the midst of a recession. Stress is high on people losing their jobs. The ones losing their jobs are middle class and lower class. The stress may cause them to smoke more. So what Obama has done is not only attacked the lower classes, but also attacked those that are down and out. Kicking a man when he's down, comes to mind.
This is another example of the Obama Administration and the Democrats, who own both the House and Senate, breaking yet another promise. Will the liberals get it this time? I doubt it.
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