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In and outs of the political campaigns, focusing on Michigan and Lansing, Tim Skubick will report regularly throughout the primary and then general election campaigns.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Don't Smok'em If You've Got'em

   God bless'em.  They are a vital part of our democracy and we should admire them for their passion, but let's be honest, after awhile the notion that "government has no business sticking its nose into my business" begins to wear a little thin.
   If this crowd had its way there would be no stop lights, no seat belts, no ban on text messaging and more recently, no newly enacted ban on smoking in public places.
   Yes smokers have rights, but not the right to "murder" anyone with their second hand smoke…so goes the argument from the other side.
   There are times when government should play a role and 70% of the folks in this here state are in effect telling the "keep your nose out of my business" crowd to stuff it.  Last time anyone checked, the majority rules although these folks favor minority rule because they know they are right.
   Michigan now joins the ranks of 38 other states with a ban on smoking with the exception of the three Detroit casinos. The anti-tobacco lobby didn't like it, but sucked it in for fear of ending up with nada.
    The "nose" folks should actually be rejoicing because they are also the same folks who whine on about sending too much of their hard earned moola to Lansing.  This ban will save them money.
   If secondary smoke is reduced, then the medical costs for those who get sick from it, will go down thus placing less strain on an already skyrocketing health care system.
   It is cheaper to plop a "No Smoking" sign in a bar than it is too keep someone alive on a respirator.
   Oops.  Sorry.  That's a bit of logic which is a no-no for the "nose" brigade.

5 Comments:

Blogger Rod Cannon said...

Tim: I recommend a story on how smokeless tobacco use will probably increase now that cigarettes are legal but smoking them is dam near not.

December 13, 2009 at 2:48 PM 
Blogger William said...

Good job, you almost got me. I thought you were serious until I noticed the multiple logical fallacies.

December 13, 2009 at 9:47 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sure people will be healthier but all these other states that ban smoking still have plenty of problems with health care spending.

I don't think any bottom-line savings will be quantified.

And appparently, some anti-smoking advocates are still saying the legislature should take up the no-exemptions during lame duck next year.

Way to stand by your word on an "agreement."

December 14, 2009 at 8:37 AM 
Blogger Paul said...

What a pile of illogical crap. Please tell me he doesn't get paid to produce this drivel

December 15, 2009 at 8:28 PM 
Blogger carraig said...

Has to be a send-up !!! Funny stuff Skoop.

December 18, 2009 at 10:36 AM 

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