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RUSH: Folks, what is more dangerous, smoking or living in Baltimore? No, no, no. It’s a serious question. Tobacco is taxed. Why is it taxed? Tobacco is taxed for a plethora of reasons. It’s taxed to discourage people from using it, because it is said it can lead to an early death. It can lead to other problems. It kills. We also tax tobacco in order to pay for (and in a couple of cases entirely fund) children’s health care programs.

You’re aware of that? The taxes derived from the sale of tobacco, that revenue is used to pay for children’s health care programs. I’ve always said that smokers deserve a special thanks, despite all the obstacles they face. I mean, we don’t ban the product. We make it available. You can sell it, you can buy it, but you can’t use it very many places in America anymore without running the gauntlet. Yet these people continue to buy the product, they continue to use it, and they pay higher and higher prices, just astronomically high prices.


They continue to buy the product, they pay the price, and the taxes go to children’s health care programs. So if tobacco is taxed to discourage from using it because it can lead to an early death and other problems — and that’s the primary reason it’s taxed — let’s face it, the prices are designed to dissuade people from using the product. That would be the primary purpose that nannies in life and the social do-gooders would give you.

Using that logic, should we not be taxing Democrats? Their policies, look at Democrat policies. They ruin families. Democrat policies spread ignorance in the schools. Democrat policies make health care unaffordable. This results in great stress from unemployment and underemployment, and Democrats have created and maintained dangerous cities with horrible crime and death rates.

It’s arguably more dangerous living in Baltimore than it is to smoke cigarettes. Look at the death rate. I’m not joking. It’s a way to make a point, and I think it would be a perfect opportunity to say we need to tax registered Democrats the way we tax tobacco, because Democrats are causing illness. Democrats cause strife. Democrat policies are ruining cities. Democrat policies have ruined families. Just a little think piece.

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