The Fabric of Our Nation

Behind H.R.4134, the Big Tobacco bailout is… Big Tobacco.

Hello! It’s Saturday, March 26, 2012 and the start of Memorial Day weekend. This occasion used to be known as Decoration Day and it began as a way to pay tribute to Union soldiers killed in the Civil War. Southern civic organizations honored lost Confederate soldiers in a similar fashion, but on different days during the month of May. In the early 1900s, Memorial Day was formalized nationally as a day to honor all fallen U.S. soldiers of all wars. To all military men and women who are serving or have served our great nation, we thank you for your willingness to sacrifice. We especially pay great tribute to those who have lost their lives defending our freedom, our liberty, and our way of life. Thank you.

As has been said, freedom isn’t free. Military men and women have gone into battle to defend our Republic and our form of democracy. We have a Constitution and Bill of Rights that guarantee within our own borders the protection of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. Such sacred things must not be taken for granted. Everything that our Federal government undertakes must fall within the boundaries of our Constitution, otherwise our Republic cannot stand.

Sometimes Congress or the President overstep the boundaries. We’ve seen a great number of legal challenges to Federal laws and regulations, including some that have been decided by the highest court in the land, the United States Supreme Court. Laws abridging freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, the right to bear arms… you name it and the Supreme Court has likely ruled on it.

So my wonder today is this: Can the Congress pass a law that uses the tax and regulatory power of the Federal government to pick winners and losers? I wonder, because that’s exactly what Big Tobacco is trying to do with H.R.4134, the BigTobacco bailout. The provision essentially says, “Big Tobacco doesn’t like that you’re helping people roll their own smokes, so we’re going to treat you differently and drive you out of business.”

The same H.R.4134 bailout provision has already stowed away on the 2012 highway bill (Senate version) and I’m hopeful the House conference members negotiating the 2012 highway bill will stand up for what’s right and strip it out.

I won’t belabor the point today because it’s a holiday weekend and I know you’re anxious to get ready for the picnic or boat ride, but please remember this: Our elected representatives in Congress often forget the foundation of what has made our nation great. People have fought and died for the freedoms our society enjoys. The American Dream is alive and well and we’re living it, despite attacks at all levels of government on our ability to prosper. As we fight off those who would unfairly benefit others, let us also remind ALL our elected representatives that it is government of the people, by the people, and for the people, and NOT government for Big Tobacco’s benefit.

This Weekend’s Message: @LawmakerXYZ and @EricCantor STOP the #BigTobacco bailout HR4134 stowing away on the highway bill.


– GR


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