The reason is apparently no money. I lay odds that there were way too
many "may cause cancer in California" labels on every thing.
Don't get me started. I am a non-smoker. Haven't taken a puff in 25
But what the hell is the government doing with this current campaign
to put morbid photos on cigarette packs? Do our legislators have
nothing to do? If people want to smoke themselves to death it is
their business - theirs alone. Ditto drinking.
This BS of regulating stuff like this is taking energy away from
fixing our country!!
I've had no problem in the past with the govt. making it illegal to smoke in
places like airliners, theatres, restaurants and so on (I really don't miss
that eye-watering stench in every public place). But this latest campaign
is just pointless, anyone who hasn't heard the message by now is past
saving. Anti-smoking has become a lobby and an industry in its own right,
self-sustaining beyond the point of common sense. So long as smokers are
prevented from exhaling toxic smoke around non-smokers I figure that's the
extent of the government's legitimate interest in the issue.
Some government employee was paid to make those labels. He clearly is
excess to requirements and should be either removed from the payroll or
inducted into the Army and sent to Afghanistan where he might do
Yep, I know someone who, over the course of recent months, lost a
good job, retirement, house, and spouse over Vokda, or whatever was
handy. I wouldn't call it drinking though, I would call it
alcoholism--there was nothing social about the mechanism. They are about
4 weeks sober (record of 3 months)--most recent treatment cost: tens of
The problem with letting the idiots continue to smoke is that it costs
you and I. We pay for health insurance and much more than our share
because of the smokers. Let the insurance companies price accordingly,
that should be enough of a persuasion to drop the habit.
Purchased as an individual you do get penalized for bad habits but for
those that are on a group plan or have insurance through their employer
every one is treated the same, they all technically pitch in to carry
the slacker, so to speak.
How can you fix the country, when government and major corporations shipped
all their manufacturing overseas. Everyone is fooling themselves when they
talk of creating jobs. There are next to none to make, the Chinese and
Indians got them all. US has to emulate England and Europe, they lost much
of their manufacturing in the 1950s and 1960s --- the jobs crossed the
Atlantic and went to the US, now they have crossed the Pacific and left the
US. England and Europe had to change the way they did business and to
concentrate on high quality manufacturing and leave the cheap crap to the
Yep, the U.S. has the 2nd highest corporate tax rate in the civilized world.
Boeing moved its corporate headquarters from Seattle to Chicago(!) to escape
the obscene Washington state taxes, it's no wonder that many companies would
shift their activities to a more friendly tax jurisdiction.
You may have a point about there not being jobs to create. The Bush
administration continues to take heat over the fewer jobs that were created
compared to the Clinton years. But with unemployment under 5%, the jobs may
have been there but there wasn't anybody available to be hired!
Now, seemingly, as you point out, we have the reverse: Plenty of available
workers but no jobs.
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