Nicotine Addict Barack Obama Raises Taxes on the Smoking Poor!

Satire by John W. Lillpop

Barack Obama's viscous attacks on the well-to-do and overly successful have won the Karl Marx clone the unbridled adoration and respect of the unwashed masses from coast to coast.

Tax the excessive bonuses paid to professionals? Yes, we are all for that!

Fire their CEO and leave the UAW in place? By all means!

Raise taxes on the rich? Hell yes, and NOW!

However, Obama's winning streak ended abruptly when the smoking poor awakened to the dreadful new tax that our nicotine addicted president signed into law:

As reported at Breitbart, in part:

"One of President Barack Obama's campaign pledges on taxes went up in puffs of smoke Wednesday.

The largest increase in tobacco taxes took effect despite Obama's promise not to raise taxes of any kind on families earning under $250,000 or individuals under $200,000.

This is one tax that disproportionately affects the poor, who are more likely to smoke than the rich.

To be sure, Obama's tax promises in last year's campaign were most often made in the context of income taxes. Not always.

'I can make a firm pledge,' he said in Dover, N.H., on Sept. 12. 'Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.'

He repeatedly vowed 'you will not see any of your taxes increase one single dime.'

Now in office, Obama, who stopped smoking but has admitted he slips now and then, signed a law raising the tobacco tax nearly 62 cents on a pack of cigarettes, to $1.01. Other tobacco products saw similarly steep increases.

The extra money will be used to finance a major expansion of health insurance for children."

Mind you, 62 cents extra for a nicotine fix is nothing to a millionaire like President Obama. If worse comes to worse, Obama can always fire the CEO of Marlboro and grant himself a lifetime supply of free tobacco products.

However, there are tens of millions of smoking poor in America to whom that 62 cents will be a devastating budget breaker.

With any luck, those folks will not die due to lung cancer before 2012, and will vote mindful of the fact that Barack Obama tried to balance the budget on the backs of innocent smokers.

Asked to comment about the fact that the smoke tax disproportionately affects the poor, a White House spokesman pointed out that the tax may actually help save lives by forcing addicts to repent.

The spokesman added that the president is open to any and all suggestions--not about taxes, but on ways to kick the cigarette habit!