- NYC recently raised the cost of a single pack of cigarettes to a nation wide high of $13 a pack.
- This increase jacks up the price from an already sky high price of at least $10.50 a pack.
- This is supposed to get people to stop smoking.
- But as the article points out, you can walk into any number of local stores in the city and purchase a bootlegged pack of cigarettes for about $8.00 that have been purchased outside of the city limits and smuggled in to undercut the now exorbitant price of $13 a pack of a legally purchased pack.
- Thus, the city has raised taxes and will likely get LESS revenue as a result, the same economic principle that was at work in Philly and their sky high soda tax.
- Which means all this increase likely did is create more criminals feeding a market demand while intruding more and more into the lives and freedoms of Americans living in New York City.
- According to an actual law on the books (that I actually read on the state government website to confirm this story), the state government of Washington is by law prohibited from being allowed to prepare for a nuclear bomb attack.
- Specific to law statute RCW.38.52.030: “The comprehensive, all-hazard emergency plan authorized under this subsection may not include preparation for emergency evacuation or relocation of residents in anticipation of nuclear attack.”
- Additionally: “State law does not allow any advanced planning,” Karina Shagren of the state’s Emergency Management Division told local station KING.
- Think about that for a minute: one would think that a potential nuclear attack would be of utmost importance and a top priority of a state government.
- But in Washington state, government agencies and employees are by law not allowed to even plan for such a catastrophic contingency.
- Which obviously raises the simple question of WHY NOT???
- According to the article, the law was enacted in 1995 by a then Democratic governor but was written by state politician Dick Nelson.
- He has this idiotic idea and concept that he wanted to create “an example of peace” in writing and help to enact this inane piece of legislation.
- And apparently he still has no regrets about this stupidity: “I haven’t abandoned my basic belief that we need to find peaceful ways of dealing with the nuclear threat.”
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