What frightens me, seriously, based on the graphs Rachel showed, in California, hundreds of thousands of people who likely don’t smoke (most of them) and would not be effected by an increased tax (otherwise why would they have originally supported the tax) changed their minds AFTER big tobacco poured in $50 million to convince them…
This is very scary, I mean California is a progressive state, sure we have our share of idiot rightwingers, but in two months to be able to do what they did (I suppose having a link here would help, I guess I can look for it) with pouring money on it, makes me believe that people right now who support Obama can and will be convinced not to by November after the corps spend unlimited money …which I am against.
I voted against it because I don't like to see the state government pandering to that kind smoking Nazi BS. If I could get rid of all the do-good-er vise laws, I'd be even happier.
Limiting where smokers may smoke, where other people who don't want to won't breath their smoke is fine. I see those as being proper air pollution laws.
But a sin tax, I feel it's sinful.
They weren't even planning to use the tax for the starving state budget, they were going to take it to fund some medical research charities, who were the same charity people who originally asked for the tax.
I never saw an ad of any kind about it, didn't even know it was going to be on the ballot until I was looking at the sample ballot the day before the election. I thought Jerry Brown fixed so there weren't going to be ballot measures on primary election ballots anymore.