Kill the Bill

I’m Eric Cantor and I am Big Tobacco. They have factories in my state. They have money in my pocket. I could care less about anything or anyone else. Cash is king.

Eric Cantor is the majority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives and he sold us out to Big Tobacco. There were a lot of sellouts, but this gentleman had an opportunity to help us. He was asked directly. Instead, he actively sold us down the river. It’s the art of the deal. It’s the bidding that must be done. It’s the price of admission. It’s where his bread is buttered (the Big Tobacco companies ARE Virginia). Thanks, Eric Cantor. Thanks for siding with Max Baucus, Barbara Boxer, Jim Inhofe, John Boehner, Diane Black, Marsha Blackburn, Bill Shuster, Lee Terry, Tom Marino, Tom Rooney, John Mica, Tom Price, Don Young, and all the other tax delinquent sellouts to Big Tobacco. You took us to the prom, fiddled with us, and then made us walk home alone.

In my mind, a person’s principles are his core. They are his foundation. He doesn’t betray his core, lest he be redefined. If he is not redefined, he is who he is. Eric Cantor is trapped in his core. For that, we pity him. Good luck keeping that going, Eric. Maybe you can pay for some more media training so you don’t mumble crazy under the bright lights.

Thursday, June 27, 2012. The RYO poison provision is in the highway bill. It’s on page 520 of the bill. Click this link if you want to read it.

Now, our best hope is the failure of the highway/student loan/flood insurance bill. I don’t like rooting for failure, but it’s us against them. It’s either the failure of the bill, or the beginning of the end of free enterprise. Senate vote on the bill could come as early as today. House vote late Friday or early Saturday.

Today’s Message: @LawmakerXYZ Vote NO on the highway bill. It’s bloated. It sacrifices #smallbiz jobs.

OUR MISSION: PLEASE don’t buy anything they’re selling. Your member of Congress already sold us down the river. If they didn’t, they watched it happen. A few brave members are already publicly standing with us, instead of standing on the sidelines with their thumbs hidden, pretending to seek more information about that crazy Big Tobacco bailout we’ve been telling them about for weeks. Our message is no. No, no, no. They did it. They know it. They let it happen.

Kill the bill. No other option. Tell all members. Start with the Senate. Conservative Republicans are more likely to oppose the highway bill for various reasons. Encourage them. Use your Twitter to follow the list at this link:!/huffingtonpost/u-s-senators and interact with them. My recommendation is you don’t waste your time on senators who were on the negotiating committee, they sold us out too.

Tell them. Kill the bill. Kill it.

– GR

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21 thoughts on “Kill the Bill

  1. mike says:

    finally someone will shut you people down and re-level the field for tobacco retailers who have been playing by the rules for years and you people come along and open right next to our stores just love your territory rights and all what a joke of a company please take your machines to the dump and go home.

  2. Cheryl says:

    @mike you have some nerve… I’m not a smoker however the one thing I believe in more then anything is my personal rights! My right to open a business in a competitive market. My right to purchase what I want from whom I want. It’s MY right to the FREEDOM of choice. There is no such thing as a level playing field. Walgreens is across the street from CVS, Mobile across the street from Citgo which is across the street from the independent owner… Your so called clients have the RIGHT to choose who they would like to purchase their smokes from… IT’s not YOUR right to tell them what they can and can’t do…

    • taxtracker says:

      Cheryl! You’re the best. I couldn’t have said it better.

      • Cheryl says:

        Your Welcome! I believe that the people are not seeing the bigger picture here. If language like this ends up law next inventor of a new widget could end up being bullied by big business and government. Which could in turn could throw cold water on inventive thinking, if that happens we don’t grow or evolve as a society. Example: the electric car, if you believe this wasn’t available years ago you’re living in denial. Gas companies and Car manufactures were not ready for that technology to hit the market, so more then likely the inventor was silenced with money. Its the same with solar power… if every household had it what would happen to the Utility companies. What’s more disturbing is that Big Tobacco is feeling threatened by a Widget, that if you’re lucky is being used by maybe 2% of smokers. Tobacco growers are still making their money and the taxes are still being paid… so what’s the problem?

  3. Cheryl Coleman says:

    I’m having a little trouble with their lawyer speak, what would be the effective date?

    • Sub rah says:

      Mike is venting because he doesn’t get the attention he is looking for at home…Poor Mike, your not getting any attention here either…Maybe if you pay for it you could have a chance… Good Luck at life and don’t go home your girfriend or boyfriend doesn’t want you there either 😦

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  4. small business owner says:

    “empower small businesses to grow and create jobs” is this guy’s platform. This bill is going to do the exact opposite….what a joke!

    • taxtracker says:

      That’s the most frustrating part of this sellout. All these jokers in Congress run on a platform of “lower taxes” and “fewer regulations” and then, as a FAVOR to Big Tobacco, they use the power of the Federal government to shut down a perfectly legal business operation. The Big Tobacco companies make BILLIONS of dollars and they’re the ones who made an agreement with states and the Federal government to pay higher taxes! This whole thing is a sham, a monopoly, and a sellout to Big Tobacco. Eric Cantor slammed his fist on the table and demanded this provision stay in the final bill. He shut down Camp; he shut down Tiberi; he represented Big Tobacco’s views and that was that. Ugly.

      • small business owner says:

        Taxtracker…I AGREE ! I guess this will be going to the court system now,another way to spend tax payers money. Again….what a joke/sham this Gov’t is!

  5. Cheryl Coleman says:

    this is why congress gets a D grade from the people, and why I’m voting libertarian this year. but, I think my question got lost in the comments, I am having trouble understanding their lawyer talk, whats the effective date. If I’m reading it right, mid 2013??

    • taxtracker says:

      As I read the language, the legislation is effective on the date of enactment. Essentially, that means the effect begins as soon as the bill is signed into law.

  6. Cheryl Coleman says:


  7. says:

    This will be a good thing for people that could not get a filling station.

  8. Dave says:

    Write the Potus. Tell him to line item veto the provision

  9. Tasha Dearduff says:

    I would just like to ask how is it they are “leveling the playing field” when we don’t offer the same product?? You don’t see Burger King paying millions to shut down McDonalds cause they have the Big Mac….All business is competition!!! Never thought all these congressmen that say they want to help small businesses….stimulate the economy….create jobs….would sell out…such BS…..

  10. Las Vegas says:

    Las Vegas i put every thing i have into my small business only two mounths ago and now you tell me to close my doors because big tobacco doesnt like the copation to bad.we will fight maybe openanother shop make it nonprofit sell tubes and tobacco in one and rent my R.Y.O as nonprofit in the other.

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