Section 100122 of the 2012 highway bill is unconstitutional. It picks winners and losers. It’s an arbitrary abuse of the Federal government’s power to tax and regulate commerce. We want this provision made NULL and VOID.
We have one chance. We are asking the President of the United States to defend us from Big Tobacco’s assault.
GOOD MORNING! It’s Sunday, July 1, 2012. July, already?! Yes. We are focused on the slim but REAL chance we can speak to the White House about the unfair and horribly fraudulent Big Tobacco bailout in the highway bill. Section 100122 of the highway bill is an arbitrary and immediate reclassification of small retail tobacco shops. It reclassifies these shops as “manufacturers” and sends them immediately to the unemployment line because there’s basically NO WAY they can qualify for manufacturer status. The Congressional Budget Office has already found that the effect of this provision is NOT to collect tax dollars from small shops; it is a provision that will CLOSE these small shops and FORCE them to close.
This was a provision written, bought, and paid for by the Big Tobacco companies. It’s an overreach of the power vested in Congress. It’s a fraud on free enterprise and we want it made NULL and VOID. President Obama has the power to help us. He can issue a signing statement when he signs the highway bill that says something like:
“Regarding Section 100122, I have concluded it is an inappropriate use of Federal powers to ‘reclassify’ retail establishments as manufacturers in such an immediate and arbitrary manner. I understand the authors of this provision seek to close a perceived tax code loophole, but this remedy is far beyond what is required to address this issue and creates the real and immediate potential for severe unintended economic consequences. I will instruct my Administration to work with the Congress in remedying this situation as expeditiously as possible.”
Mr. President, people across the United States will lose their jobs next week because of Congress and Big Tobacco. Please act to protect jobs.
I got involved in this fight because I like to smoke my own custom blend. The Big Tobacco companies produce a product I don’t like, so I roll my own. Every week, I head down to the local tobacco shop, pull out my favorite blend (spicy pear), and roll my own smokes. Now, Congress and the Big Tobacco companies have colluded to foreclose on my freedom to roll my own. I don’t understand. How is it that something that’s been around since the Egyptians first figured out how to roll smokes, is now being outlawed by the United States Government? Please, Mr. President. Please help us fight this unfair assault on freedom, and Big Tobacco’s attempt to solidify their monopoly.
Today’s Message: I’m fighting for my #job! Make Sec.100122 of the highway bill NULL and VOID. It’s unconstitutional! http://bit.ly/NewTax
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Tell the President: “When you sign the highway bill, please issue a signing statement to make Section 100122 null and void. It’s nothing more than a favor to the Big Tobacco companies, it will close my business and people will lose their jobs immediately! I’m a retailer, not a manufacturer. This isn’t good government. Please tell Congress you can’t in good conscience interpret Section 100122 as a fair way to conduct government.”
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