Tobacco and Big Government
Recently, I took the day off and went to Bokchito to work at our family ranch. As the day progressed, I decided to drive into Bennington and get a burger. While waiting for the burger, I opened the “Durant Democrat” to catch up on the news there and turned to the Opinion page. I soon realized I was reading one of the most liberal newspapers in the state. Wow, does this paper have some left-wing opinions. One opinion that caught my eye was an article concerning Tobacco Controls.
The article begins with, “In a historic move many thought might never occur, Congress overwhelmingly approved unprecedented new legislation that backers say could go far in addressing the scourge of tobacco.”
It goes on and quotes Obama saying it “truly defines change in Washington.” The House approved it by 309-97 and the Senate 79-17. So, again, we had some Republicans going over to help Obama and change.
The bill put the FDA with new powers. Now I do not smoke and detest cigarette smoke. My brother died at the age of 51 of throat cancer as a result of smoking. My sister died of the same at the age of 69. I loved my brother and sister and miss them dearly. I was with my brother the day the doctor told him he had cancer and would not live six months. I will never forget that day.
Both my brother and sister were well aware of the end results of smoking. Every person in America knows the results of cigarette smoking. Obama is not going to change the results. We are getting a lot of change from Obama and his socialist agenda, and none of his ideas are good for America.
First of all, the FDA did not want control of the tobacco industry. Second, we do not need more government control even with products like tobacco. I do not believe you can pick and choose which big government we want. You are either for or against big government. Is Obama going to ban fatty foods next? Some would say, “No, that’s crazy. There are safe levels of cheeseburger consumption, but not tobacco.”
That may be true, but who is to say what Obama will ban next? I just hope all our Republican friends will just say “NO” to Obama!
Remember what Thomas Jefferson said, “A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have.”
The government is claiming that lives will be saved by changing the control of cigarettes to the FDA. Yeah, just like the stimulus was going to put people to work, and if we don’t pass this stimulus right now unemployment will reach 10%. I could go on and on.
Big government is big government. Do we really want EVERYTHING to change?
As one bumper sticker says, “I’ll work to keep America. You keep the change.”