Thursday, March 15th, 2012
"No caffeine, No protein, No booze or Nicotine Remember everything gives you cancer." Those are the great lyrics to Joe Jackson's song "Cancer." No matter what we do in Kentucky it seems that some nanny is trying to look out for someone else best interest. Well, this week in the house committee Susan Westrom and crew brought up the statewide smoking ban once again.
"If we don't have the votes to get it out the Senate, I don't think we'll vote on it in the House," said Rep. Susan Westrom. Which is quite interesting. The reason being they are trying to hide from the light of day in an election year. Now is the time to expose the Nanny state that is sitting in our state house.
Everything they do backfires. Higher taxes has turned people to rolling their own. It's not only in Kentucky:
Smoking in bars and restaurants has been banned in New York City since 2003 but Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently added beaches, parks, and pedestrian plazas to the long and growing list of places where smoking is verboten in the Big Apple. "Sin taxes" on cigarettes have driven the average price of a pack to more than $11.
Yet in a city renowned for its innovation and drive, smokers have found ways to work around government attempts at social engineering. These include the booming "loosie" trade, where street entreprenuers risk arrest to sell loose cigarettes for a dollar each on the streets of Manhattan; tobacco crops blooming in Brooklyn; and a thriving Soho bar/restaurant that survived the smoking ban thanks to an obscure grandfather clause.
With so much tax revenue being lost to the black market, and even the green market, perhaps it's time for a mayor who made billions in the free market to consider allowing business owners to set their own policies, and let the marketplace sort out the demand for smoking and smoke-free establishments.
My favorite lines came from the Lexington Herald Leader: "Westrom said it might take another year for legislators to become educated on the issue.
"This is a difficult issue for some of the rural legislators," she said. "Sometimes it takes time to get used to a message before you truly hear it.""
Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2012/03/13/2107706/kentucky-house-panel-approves.html#storylink=cpy
Basically, Westrom admits a bad election year issue and you hill jacks in rural counties aren't smart enough to understand how the smart folks in Lexington are trying to save you from yourself.
Meanwhile Kentucky is taking out a loan to pay interest on another loan before raising taxes to pay both loans and this is what we are spending time on? That and making sure the "foreign fish" have papers at restaurants with an exemption for what we feed our kids. Something that most cities can decide (granted it's a property right so even they shouldn't decide this). Fact is, in Bowling Green where I sit, pre-smoking ban over 70% of restaurants were smoke free. The Free Market and Free Will is a beautiful thing and to kill it in the name of good intentions is not. QUESTION YOUR CANDIDATES! Where do they stand on a state wide smoking ban! Do it before it's easier to list where you can smoke than where you can not.