Thursday, September 14, 2006

Nussle Urges Campaign Break: “Smoke ‘Em if You Got ‘Em”

The Jim Nussle Gubernatorial Campaign would like to take a break from the campaign and thank some of our sponsors for their campaign contributions. At this time, we’d like to extend a special thank you to R.J. Reynolds and Phillip Morris for standing by our side over the years. Their contributions of nearly $70,000 dollars to Jim’s campaign efforts have helped insure and protect smokers’ and potential smokers’ rights. It’s a sorry state of affairs when Big Government feels it has the right to step on Big Tobacco's toes and extinguish their God-given right to exploit the Coalition of the Willing. Raising cigarette taxes is not only a sin tax, but it damages the free enterprise capabilities of the tobacco industry. If Iowa were to raise the cigarette tax $1, just look at how this would impact cigarette sales;

-Youth smoking would decrease 19.3%

-39,700 more kids alive today would not become smokers

-20,900 current adult smokers would quit

We simply cannot allow this to happen. Not only will the decreased cigarette sales have a dire impact on the tobacco business community, but a tax increase will have damaging social and psychological ramifications as well. Thanks to the war in Iraq, the federal deficit, unaffordable health care, increased poverty, job outsourcing and increased unemployment, a stagnated minimum wage, smoking bans in the workplace, and Monday Night Football switching to a cable network, Americans are very stressed and need cigarettes and their non-addictive medicinal powers to help ease their anxieties. This reasoning holds especially true for our teenagers, who face a world of uncertainty and have yet to see the complete fallout of recent legislative actions.

If anything, we should be working together to reduce cigarette taxes so smokers have more purchasing power, since the more packs of Camel cigarettes purchased equates to more Camel Bucks circulating in our economy. People will have more purchasing power in the Camel industry and will finally be able to buy that Joe-the-Camel shower curtain, ashtray, pool table, headband, or matching earrings for those special people in their lives. Better to buy now, before it’s too late, eh?

Without further adieu, we at the Nussle Campaign would like to urge all of you to take a break from your stressful lives, light up, and “Smoke ‘Em if You Got ‘Em.”


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