This is somewhat flawed and heavily opinionated. Smoking and drinking is a choice, a persons or individuals choice. It also happens to be legal for a person to enjoy this decision without worrying about any legal ramifications. Health insurance is very aware of those who choose to relish in or the other or both. It is how they make money, lots of money. However, raising the taxes is not the answer. People are allowed to make decisions and enjoy their life how they see fit when it falls under legality and being legal. It is no more fair to raise taxes on those who choose to smoke and drink, than it is to increase taxes on those who buy homes and cars. We need to be looking at a better way of budgeting instead of using all of our money and finding ways to make Americans pay for it.
Originally Posted by Tribearer_Eko
Another side not to consider is how this will hurt the economy. People who enjoy something find way to still enjoy this something. How they do this is by removing what they deem unnecessary. Cut the cable bill, get rid of cell phones, drive less, shop elsewhere, etc. When this happens, taxes invite stagnation which as you know kills the economy. It is time to stop passing the Gov's problems back to the people, the people don't deserve to be taxed. The gov just needs to be held accountable for misspending and abuse.
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