Haley “Jim Crow Mississippi Wasn’t That Bad” Barbour was on Faux News Sunday this morning defending his wingnut credentials in the wake of his poor performance in the CPAC straw poll — and this slipped out.
When I ran for reelection, I said, look, before you vote for me, know we are going to consider raising the cigarette tax. We had the second lowest cigarette tax in the country. We didn’t raise it to raise revenue because raising taxes is enemy of controlling spending. And what we’ve done is control spending.
We raised it because our cigarette tax was too low. We were very out of line with the rest of the south. We raised it to 60 cents, which is the average of all the southern states. We did it for health reasons, not budget reasons.
Isn’t that wealth redistribution? Isn’t that another example of a bunch of bureaucrats deciding what’s best for our health instead of our doctors? Isn’t it terribly unfair to businesses that create jobs?
Why, you’d think this were some kind of government anti-obesity program for children!
And I know I’m going to be again criticized for bringing this up, but instead of a government thinking that they need to take over and make decisions for us according to some politician or politician’s wife priorities, just leave us alone, get off our back, and allow us as individuals to exercise our own God-given rights to make our own decisions and then our country gets back on the right track.
I guess redistributing wealth engaging in theft raising taxes in the interest of public health is only tyrannical when a Democrat does it.