On my way into work this morning, I heard a report on the radio about a proposal in California to tax marijuana in order to alleviate the state’s budget meltdown. With the money the state could raise, said one supporter, California “could hire 20,000 teachers.”
First, Democrats added about $1 per pack tax to all tobacco products in order to pay for health insurance for children. Now, they want to legalize wacky tabacky to help poor kids, too. This time it will help educate them.
Just an additional thought: is it just me, or does it seem counter-productive for Democrats to engage in a "war on smoking" if they are relying on them to pay for their pet projects?
Also, why are they once again considering taxing the poor to help the poor? Low income people are the ones that tend to puff the magic dragon more than rich Americans.
How odd could it be in California? It might turn out that if we want our children healthy and well-educated, we must first light up, put on some Grateful Dead, and grab some munchies in order to ensure a better future for our nation's next generation.