It’s Sunday, April 29 and I thought today would be a good day to revisit H.R.4134, Big Tobacco’s bill introduced by Rep. Diane Black (R-Tennessee). In a nutshell, (Help! I’m trapped in a nutshell), H.R.4134 is special legislation designed to do ONE thing and one thing ONLY: Reclaim Big Tobacco’s monopoly on cigarette sales. More on that in a moment.
Congress: BREAK BigTobacco’s monopoly. PROTECT the right to roll our own! MORE: http://bit.ly/NewTax
We know H.R.4134 is a new tax, but HOW is it a new tax? Here’s a summary of H.R. 4134: [The bill] Amends the Internal Revenue Code to include within the definition of “manufacturer of tobacco products,” for excise tax purposes, any person who for commercial purposes makes available for consumer use a machine capable of producing tobacco products.
What does that mean? Well, remember that little plastic machine we used to use to roll our own cigarettes? This thing:
Under H.R.4134, if a tobacco shop owner lets me use THIS device (or updated devices that work a lot faster) in his place of business, he will now be classified as a “manufacturer of tobacco products” and subject to all kinds of NEW FEDERAL TAXES and REGULATIONS. In fact, they’ll be subject to the SAME taxes and regulations as Big Tobacco!!
Why would Big Tobacco want to do this? Because they LOSE MONEY every time one of us rolls our own smoke.
Stated again: As long as we have the ability to roll our own smokes, we are free from having to buy big tobacco’s crappy and tasteless product. BUT, if Big Tobacco takes away that ability, they assume they will recapture us as their customers.
Big Tobacco doesn’t get a cut of my money, because they choose not to sell the individual components of a cigarette. Hey, if Big Tobacco got into the market of individual components and made a quality product, I’d give them a try. BUT, they don’t. So bug off.
If I buy my own tobacco (a tasty blend of spices and pear), my favorite rolling paper (slow burn rate), my preferred filters, and then use a tobacco shop’s rolling machine, so what? Well, greed is as quick and powerful as it is evil. And that’s why Big Tobacco is having Congress slip a back-handed provision in the new highway bill. That provision is identical to H.R.4134 and if this legislative language is passed and signed into law, small smoke shops will be RUN OUT of business, and you and me will no longer have the freedom to roll our own smokes!
It used to be I could care less about Big Tobacco. They sell their smokes to most of the smoking population and make big profits using foreign workers, foreign supplies, etc. But now their greed has crossed the line. They want to capture every penny they can from hard working Americans by FORBIDDING us from rolling our own smokes and ELIMINATING our ability to choose what I smoke. Really, Big Tobacco? You really need that new luxury yacht that badly?
SO what can you do? Together, we can expose Big Tobacco’s plan, tell every member of Congress to STOP the Big Tobacco Bailout. It’s wrong, it’s a job-killer because it will force small mom & pop establishments OUT of business, it will raise taxes, it will increase regulations, and it will force ALL of us to give up our personal preferences and go back to buying the red and white pack, or the green pack, or the auburn yellow pack. Crappy tasting stuff sucks.
WHO is responsible for H.R.4134 besides Rep Diane Black (R-Tennessee)? Here’s the list. Our job is to STOP its growth and convince these members to STOP these members from continuing to support its evil provisions. Is your local congressman on this list? Reach out to their office and tell them to STOP supporting these Big Tobacco provisions! Use Twitter, Facebook, phone calls, letters, faxes, telegram, carrier pigeon. Use every friend and family member, too. Katie, bar the door because if they win on this, there’s no telling where Big Tobacco will greedily strike next.
Rep Crowley, Joseph [NY-7] – 3/7/2012
Rep Ellmers, Renee L. [NC-2] – 3/8/2012
Rep Rangel, Charles B. [NY-15] – 3/16/2012
Rep Kind, Ron [WI-3] – 3/20/2012
Rep Coble, Howard [NC-6] – 3/21/2012
Rep Marino, Tom [PA-10] – 3/21/2012
Rep Schrader, Kurt [OR-5] – 3/22/2012
Rep Cole, Tom [OK-4] – 3/26/2012
Rep Yoder, Kevin [KS-3] – 3/26/2012
Rep Jones, Walter B., Jr. [NC-3] – 3/26/2012
Rep Sullivan, John [OK-1] – 3/26/2012
Rep Boswell, Leonard L. [IA-3] – 3/26/2012
Rep Kinzinger, Adam [IL-11] – 3/27/2012
Rep Rehberg, Denny [MT] – 3/27/2012
Rep Barrow, John [GA-12] – 3/27/2012
Rep Nunes, Devin [CA-21] – 3/27/2012
Rep Buerkle, Ann Marie [NY-25] – 3/28/2012
Rep Hastings, Alcee L. [FL-23] – 3/28/2012
Rep Thompson, Bennie G. [MS-2] – 3/28/2012
Rep Matsui, Doris O. [CA-5] – 3/28/2012
Rep Owens, William L. [NY-23] – 3/29/2012
Rep Waxman, Henry A. [CA-30] – 3/29/2012
Rep Rooney, Thomas J. [FL-16] – 3/29/2012
Rep McIntyre, Mike [NC-7] – 3/30/2012
Rep Connolly, Gerald E. “Gerry” [VA-11] – 4/16/2012
Rep Capps, Lois [CA-23] – 4/16/2012
Rep Walden, Greg [OR-2] – 4/16/2012
Rep Pastor, Ed [AZ-4] – 4/16/2012
Rep Sanchez, Linda T. [CA-39] – 4/16/2012
Rep Shuster, Bill [PA-9] – 4/16/2012
Rep Sessions, Pete [TX-32] – 4/16/2012
Rep Carnahan, Russ [MO-3] – 4/16/2012
Rep Flores, Bill [TX-17] – 4/16/2012
Rep Canseco, Francisco “Quico” [TX-23] – 4/16/2012
Rep Scott, Austin [GA-8] – 4/17/2012
Rep Lummis, Cynthia M. [WY] – 4/18/2012
Rep Farr, Sam [CA-17] – 4/18/2012
Rep Boren, Dan [OK-2] – 4/18/2012
Rep Boustany, Charles W., Jr. [LA-7] – 4/18/2012
Rep Harper, Gregg [MS-3] – 4/18/2012
Rep Welch, Peter [VT] – 4/18/2012
Rep Latham, Tom [IA-4] – 4/18/2012
Rep Johnson, Eddie Bernice [TX-30] – 4/19/2012
Rep Hall, Ralph M. [TX-4] – 4/19/2012
Rep Stivers, Steve [OH-15] – 4/19/2012
Rep Speier, Jackie [CA-12] – 4/19/2012
Rep Smith, Adam [WA-9] – 4/19/2012
Rep Cleaver, Emanuel [MO-5] – 4/24/2012
Rep Meeks, Gregory W. [NY-6] – 4/24/2012
Rep Griffin, Tim [AR-2] – 4/24/2012
Rep Sanchez, Loretta [CA-47] – 4/24/2012
Rep Butterfield, G. K. [NC-1] – 4/24/2012
Rep Scott, David [GA-13] – 4/24/2012
Rep Blackburn, Marsha [TN-7] – 4/24/2012
Rep Thornberry, Mac [TX-13] – 4/24/2012
Rep Womack, Steve [AR-3] – 4/24/2012
Rep Schock, Aaron [IL-18] – 4/24/2012
Rep Poe, Ted [TX-2] – 4/25/2012
Rep Hanabusa, Colleen W. [HI-1] – 4/25/2012