I started today like any other day. Woke up, got ready for work, jumped in my car and headed for the gas station. Yes, the cost of gas has gone up again, but that's to be expected during the summer months; with all the lucky folks going on vacation. However, what was not expected was that overnight, as I slept peacefully, the cost of cigarettes jumped from $3.00 a pack to $5.50! I couldn't figure it out! The cashier couldn't explain it and there was nothing on the radio about it. How could this happen? Did every tobacco field in the world go up in smoke last night? I just couldn't understand what happened. Once I arrived at work I logged onto Facebook and shared my thought for the day; would you guess it was about the cost of cigarettes? THEN it happened! I was informed that the tobacco fields are fine...our government just decided to sentence smokers with an enormous tax! Yes! It would be the smokers that would be responsible for bailing out the government! I mean, who else should do it? It all made sense! Of course the smokers should be held responsible! It is our fault that loan officers approved mortgages that they knew people couldn't afford! Oh, and how could I forget that it was also our fault that the government gave billions of dollars to auto makers just so those auto makers could rip dealerships out from underneath the owners! Mmmm Hmmm it's all very clear now!
Well, I for one will not pay the ransom that the government is demanding. I have smoked for 30 years and I thoroughly enjoyed every last cigarette, but it is now over. I work every day and I pay my taxes just like everyone else, and I don't mind paying taxes on cigarettes, but when the tax on cigarettes is higher than the actual cigarettes, I will just have to tell the government to "Kiss my BUTT!" If you ask me, paying more money to the government is just money going up in smoke!