Fighting the Good Fight

This Weekend’s Message: @LawmakerXYZ a #BigTobacco bailout is NOT a #jobs plan. SAVE #jobs and STOP HR4134.

The soup line, courtesy of Big Tobacco, coming soon to a home town near you.


Persistence is what defines a movement. Without persistence, what do you have? A fading memory. Fading memories last about a second longer than a shadow cast by a ripple of water. Not long.

Good morning and hello Saturday, June 2, 2012! Yesterday’s unemployment numbers show a persistent sluggishness in our economy. If you dig beyond the 8.2% unemployment rate, you see that only 63.6% of people over the age of 16 are participating in the workforce. That’s the worst workforce participation rate since 1981. Something’s gotta give.

A lot of fingerpointing going on in Washington…

Today, President Obama blamed Congress for failing to tax millionaires and act on so-called “jobs” legislation. Yesterday, members of Congress blamed President Obama for policies that have stifled economic growth. My thought is both are to blame. Our economy is suffering because the job creators of our nation, namely small businesses, are already overburdened by illogical tax rates and too much needless regulation and we have no ability to know with certainty what sort of tax and regulatory scheme is coming next.

Take, for instance, the Big Tobacco bailout contained in the Senate’s version of the national highway bill. This provision, drafted by Big Tobacco’s sexy and leggy lobbyists and inserted in the middle of the night by misogynist Bob Packwood U.S. Senator Max Baucus (D-Montana), seeks to reclassify small retail tobacco shops where you can blend and roll your own smokes. If jovial Max’s provision is allowed to stay in the highway bill, the U.S. Government will see these small tobacco shops as “tobacco manufacturing facilities” and heap on all kinds of new taxes and regulations. According to the Congressional Budget Office, that single provision will CLOSE more than 1,000 small businesses across our great nation. Thanks for something worse than nothing, Max!

U.S. Senator Max Baucus and his 2nd of 3 wives, Wanda.

This “Baucus” Big Tobacco bailout provision will shove small tobacco shops out of business, including:

  • 101 employers in Florida;
  • 55 employers in Indiana;
  • 35 employers in Kentucky;
  • 22 employers in Michigan;
  • 29 employers in New York;
  • 138 employers in Ohio;
  • 105 employers in Pennsylvania;
  • 40 employers in Tennessee;
  • 12 employers in South Carolina; and
  • 52 employers in Wisconsin.

Really? This is what we sent people to our nation’s capital city to do? Eliminate jobs and competition for the SOLE benefit of Big Tobacco? REALLY?

You see, if Big Tobacco can get Congress to “reclassify” small “roll your own smokes” tobacco shops as “manufacturing facilities” and drive them out of business with unbearable taxes and regulations, then Big Tobacco thinks it will make more money by reaping those customers who will switch back to commercial smokes.


Who else is pushing for this Big Tobacco bailout? Rep. Diane Black (R-Tennessee) is pushing for the Big Tobacco bailout with her legislation (authored by Big Tobacco) H.R.4134. Big Tobacco wants her bill SO bad, they spent more than $3 million in fewer than 20 days lobbying Congress to approve the bill. But that’s just what’s been publicly disclosed, so far. WHO KNOWS what’s going on behind the scenes where no one’s looking…

Pic from a recent Big Tobacco party for lawmakers backing HR4134

OUR MISSION: PERSISTENCE. Hit the Facebook. Hit the Twitter. Hit it high, hit it low. Here’s a list of some of the people supporting HR4134 and how many businesses will suffer if it, or its provisions, are signed into law. Let’s let them know we are not pleased:

  • Rep Pastor, Ed [AZ-4] – 4/16/2012 –HR 4134 will close 23 businesses in Arizona.
  • Rep Rooney, Thomas J. [FL-16] – 3/29/2012  – HR 4134 will close 101 businesses in Florida.
  • Rep Hastings, Alcee L. [FL-23] – 3/28/2012
  • Rep Barrow, John [GA-12] – 3/27/2012
  • Rep Scott, Austin [GA-8] – 4/17/2012 – HR4134 will close 14 businesses in Georgia.
  • Rep Scott, David [GA-13] – 4/24/2012
  • Rep Rokita, Todd [IN-4] – 5/7/2012  – HR4134 will close 55 businesses in Indiana
  • Rep Yoder, Kevin [KS-3] – 3/26/2012 – HR 4134 will close 15 small businesses in Kansas
  • Rep Chandler, Ben [KY-6] – 5/16/2012 HR4134 will close 35 small businesses in Kentucky.
  • Rep Yarmuth, John A. [KY-3] – 5/31/2012
  • Rep Dingell, John D. [MI-15] – 5/10/2012 – 22 small businesses
  • Rep Carnahan, Russ [MO-3] – 4/16/2012 – 12 small businesses
  • Rep Cleaver, Emanuel [MO-5] – 4/24/2012
  • Rep Harper, Gregg [MS-3] – 4/18/2012 – 6 small businesses
  • Rep Thompson, Bennie G. [MS-2] – 3/28/2012
  • Rep Rehberg, Denny [MT] – 3/27/2012 – 2
  • Rep Butterfield, G. K. [NC-1] – 4/24/2012 – 8 small businesses
  • Rep Coble, Howard [NC-6] – 3/21/2012
  • Rep Ellmers, Renee L. [NC-2] – 3/8/2012
  • Rep Jones, Walter B., Jr. [NC-3] – 3/26/2012
  • Rep McIntyre, Mike [NC-7] – 3/30/2012
  • Rep Crowley, Joseph [NY-7] – 3/7/2012 – 29 small businesses
  • Rep Buerkle, Ann Marie [NY-25] – 3/28/2012
  • Rep Meeks, Gregory W. [NY-6] – 4/24/2012
  • Rep Owens, William L. [NY-23] – 3/29/2012
  • Rep Rangel, Charles B. [NY-15] – 3/16/2012
  • Rep Stivers, Steve [OH-15] – 4/19/2012 – 138 businesses in Ohio
  • Rep Marino, Tom [PA-10] – 3/21/2012 – 105 businesses in Pennsylvania
  • Rep Shuster, Bill [PA-9] – 4/16/2012
  • Rep Wilson, Joe [SC-2] – 5/7/2012 – 12 businesses
  • Rep Blackburn, Marsha [TN-7] – 4/24/2012 – 40 small businesses
  • Rep Black, Diane [TN-original sellout]
  • Rep Kind, Ron [WI-3] – 3/20/2012  – 52 small businesses

More tomorrow. See you online fellow warrior and GOOD WORK!!


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