This is it

This is it. Today we find out. Did the President hear us? Does the President stand with us? Do we retain our freedoms? Or did Big Tobacco get to the White House, too?

Good morning and hello Friday, July 6, 2012. Today, President Barack Obama continues his campaign bus tour in Ohio and Pennsylvania. There are reports that after he’s done this afternoon, he’ll amble back to the White House and sign the highway bill (HR4348) into law. In that highway bill is the poisonous, barbaric and corrupt attack on free enterprise, Section 100122.

Today’s Message: IMPORTANT Use signing statement to VOID SEC.100122 of HR4348. #BigTobacco is stealing our jobs!

Mr. President, we are the faceless fighting for our jobs. We are fighting for our freedom to roll our own smokes. We are American entrepreneurs and enterprising individuals fighting for our niche in the marketplace, to provide a service where no one else has succeeded. We are moms and dads, veterans and retired couples, people who’ve been laid off in a bad economy, and we’ve invested everything pursuing the American Dream.

President Obama, we call on you to do the right thing. When you see our signs today in Ohio and Pennsylvania “We Are Retailers, NOT Manufacturers,” know that we are talking directly to you. We require your action. This is the pressure moment. This is it. Do the right thing.

President Barack Obama and advisors: Please exercise your power to interpret SECTION 100122 of H.R.4348 as unconstitutional and an unbearable burden on a particular group of small businesses across the United States, and therefore you will instruct your Administration to avoid the unintended consequences of implementing this portion of the law, and work with Congress to find redress focused on a real solution to the perceived underlying issue.

SECTION 100122 of H.R.4348 is unconstitutional because it singles out one group of individuals for punishment. It arbitrarily reclassifies small retail tobacco shops as tobacco product “manufacturers” and by doing so it subjects them to an unbearable number of new taxes and regulations. This isn’t the closure of a perceived tax loophole; it’s the complete destruction of a legal business model that happened to be in competition with the biggest, multi-billion dollar corporations in the world. Our U.S. Constitution won’t stand for this. Article I, Section 9 specifically prohibits using the power of the Federal government to arbitrarily crush people or groups. But we need someone to raise their hand. We need someone to speak up. We must have a President willing to tell Congress, “I see what you did there…”

OUR MISSION: Hit it harder than you’ve ever hit it. Leave N-O-T-H-I-N-G on the field! Tear it up. Tweet. Facebook. Online forms. Do it all.

Warriors, at the end of this battle, no matter the outcome, we’ve learned and we’ve seen. We’ve learned who will stand with us next to the Constitution and we’ve seen what the other side is willing to do to buy a monopoly. Bloody as we are, we can gather ourselves out of the dirt and gravel, stand up, and say, THIS is our fight for freedom. We will continue.



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Tell the President: “When you sign the highway bill H.R. 4348, 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.”


Go. Be. Heard.

– GR

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10 thoughts on “This is it

  1. Tony says:

    We own a tobacco store and we will not carry any Altria (phillip-morris) products. For snuff Stokers is a lot better and for snus we carry Jaccobson and Thunder. DO NOT carry copenhagen,skoal, red seal and husky they are Altria. And for cigarettes DO NOT CARRY OR if you are a customer DO NOT BUY marlboro, basic, benson&hedges, cambridge, chesterfield,merit,parliament, players saratoga,virginia slims,commander dave’s,english ovals,l&m or lark. Thiis company spent over 11 million for lobbyists to stop RYO. They also own Kraft foods. The C-stores are not your friends either.

    • Joe says:

      You’re forgetting they actually own SABMiller brewing company, too. A lot of popular beer lines – Miller, Coors, Molsen, Milwaukee’s Best and so on.

  2. I just know that my husband was laid off for over two years from a company running on a government contract that closed down. The only job he could get was with a RYO store, and now thanks to our government, he may very well be out of work TODAY!!! This is ridiculous!!!

  3. I know what you all are feeling!! I dont know what to say, most of the ryo shops in Az are not even aware that this is happening!

  4. georges Ghazal says:

    Roll your own machines shut down for good as of 7/6/2012 … Thank u OBAMA for our 40000$ loss ….. Great job BUDDY … Keep up the good work Mr President … least 10000 people unemployed as of last night …..( Hi lo gas East Bridgewater )

  5. Jack Sampson says:

    The irony in all this ? How many members of the House or the Senate have ever been in or seen a cigarette manufacturing factory. How many do you think ever visited an RYO shop in their own state? I would wager only a handful. The only thing they know about mfg is the color of the $$ Big Tobacco makes as a campaign contribution.Face it, all of congress is corrupt. They sell their influence and vote to the highest bidder. It’s so sad to see 99% of Americans are so blind to the erosion of liberty as our founding fathers intended. Even if some Federal judge strikes down the law, the states will keep piling on the taxes. The RYO industry will have to move now in a different direction. Some business models die and have to be replaced by others. It’s a fact of life. I will find a new way.

  6. Cheryl says:

    If we concede now the battle is lost and Big Tobacco and Big Business wins. We did nothing wrong, and government shouldn’t be able to change the rules to the game to suit their wants and needs, especially when their pockets are lined with the money of the opposition. Continue to fight, sign the petition.

    Support your local RYO retailer so they can also continue to fight for your right!

    We will prevail, we are survivors!

  7. Doc charles says:

    Thanks Obama another 4000 people out of work and hundreds of small businesses gone Good job i’ll be sure to remember that when I vote

  8. Smokin Jay says:

    Most of what Congress/President does, is not law but only statute acting under color of law. Learn your rights and know how to deal with this. What they are doing is not law or lawful.

  9. Barbara says:

    So what classifies the RYO shops as manufacture’s? Their machines? If that is that case they really need to re-evaluate what they are talking about because no one is manufacturing anything. Also, if they are classifing them as manufacture’s because of the machines then does that mean that you cannot purchase the personal RYO machines anymore as well as the filters and tobacco because you will then be considered a manufacturer under their eyes. They really need to get a grip on reality and realize that they are messing with people’s lives and putting people out of business. I believe that it was Obama who said that consumer’s should start new businesses with new ideas and the moment people do…bam shut down. Now what kind of message does that send? To me it sends the message that oh, you can, but be forewarned that you might get shut down because some other BIG company does not like what your doing so we are going to make up some bullshit that requires federal attention to shut down your company. I mean really…what kind of government do we have if they are not willing to go to bat for the little guys?

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