One of President Barack Obama's campaign pledges on taxes went up in puffs of smoke Wednesday.Generally speaking, liberals demand leniency toward the shortcomings of the poor. If poor people commit crimes, well, we have to look at the "root causes," say the liberals. The poor get hooked on drugs? Give them treatment, not prison, the liberals say.
The largest increase in tobacco taxes took effect despite Obama's promise not to raise taxes of any kind on families earning under $250,000 or individuals under $200,000.
This is one tax that disproportionately affects the poor, who are more likely to smoke than the rich.
Smoking, however, is something different. With cigarettes, even the sainted poor are targeted. Liberal hatred of smokers is a monomania that has never been adequately explained. Basic economics tells you that the punitive taxation rates will be self-defeating in terms of the revenue generated; by driving up prices, they'll reduce sales. One can only speculate that the liberal war on tobacco is motivated by the liberal's desire to boss people around.