Monday, February 2, 2009

Stimulus: Blowing Smoke

You know the old saying about the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing?

Smoker tax will fund expanded kids' health plan

Senate stimulus bill would fund stop-smoking programs

But if they all quit who will pay for SCHIP?
Smoking, do it for the kids*.

*One of my favorite "Do it for the children" pitches (Cook county variant):
..."For the health and safety of children and the entire community, shall the State of Illinois enact a comprehensive ban on the manufacture, sale, delivery and possession of military-style assault weapons and .50 caliber rifles?
From the Wikipedia "For the Children" page.