52°F
weather icon Clear

Obama’s twisted scheme to hook pre-schoolers on tobacco

Rick Geraci, commandant of the New Mexico Military Institute, recently put forward a bizarre argument for backing an Obama administration plan to raise the federal tax on cigarettes to fund a new universal pre-school initiative: national security.

I kid you not.

So our nation’s defense and the futures of pre-schoolers everywhere depend on keeping Americans hooked on tobacco products? Why didn’t someone think of this before?

Geraci told the Alamogordo Daily newspaper that many kids today are rejected by the military because they are so poorly educated.

As such, he backs the Obama plan to expand pre-K programs by almost doubling the tax on tobacco products – as if that will somehow magically fix the wretched failure of so many of our government schools.

Believe it or not, the scheme is actually worse than it seems – and bet your bippy it will come before Nevada legislators in the 2015 session.

If they had any sense, they’d reject it out of hand.

If they had any sense.

So I guess we better start the opposition rolling now.

As outlined in President Obama’s State of the Union address last year, the federal pre-K expansion program is expected to cost in the neighborhood of $75 billion…which means it’s more likely to come in well over $100 billion.

To pay for it, the federal excise tax on cigarettes would be hiked to around $1.95 a pack. And that – as Nevadans should know all too well from our experience with tobacco money and the Guinn Millennium Scholarships – will result in smokers quitting or buying on the black market.

Either way, the amount of money the feds predict will be raised from this proposed tax hike won’t be stable or sustainable. Which brings us to the worst part of the scheme…

In the beginning Uncle Sam will cough up 90 percent of the funding – the same sales pitch used to fool Gov. Brian Sandoval into expanding Medicaid. But by the end of the ten-year period of the proposal, Nevadans will be paying $3 for every $1 it gets from DC.

And guess what? Once a highly popular program such as pre-school education gains root, it’s not going anywhere.

Which means once the tobacco money from the feds dries up, all of Nevada’s taxpayers are going to end up footing the bill, not just Nevada’s smokers – as with the Guinn Millennium Scholarships, which weren’t supposed to ever cost taxpayers a dime but which sucked $5 million out of the current budget.

Look, if pre-K education is so critical to national security, then everyone should pitch in to pay for it, not just smokers. And if Obama wants it, he shouldn’t leave Nevadans holding the bag. We have enough big government as it is.

Mr. Muth is president of Citizen Outreach, a conservative grassroots advocacy organization. He can be reached at www.Muths Truths.com

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
DAN SCHINHOFEN: Bill of Rights?

Back in January when the “novel coronavirus” was finally making the news, after the debacle of impeachment was over, I was very interested as I watched the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) shut down a city with 35 million residents. My first reaction was, “This could never happen in America as we have a Bill of Rights.” Boy was I wrong.

DAN SCHINHOFEN: Lessons learned

This past year has seen a lot of changes and most not for the better. As I sit here thinking it over, here are some of the things I have learned.

TIM BURKE: Possible second mandated shutdown would be disastrous

The recent rapid increase in COVID-19 positives is threatening to close businesses and halt family holiday gatherings temporarily. The post-election decrease in COVID-19 positives that some theorized would take place due to the election did not materialize. The exact opposite has happened.

STEVE SEBELIUS: 2020 election mandate? Compromise

Democrats long hoped for a supermajority in the Nevada Legislature; instead, the mixed election results will force both sides to work together to find consensus to fix vexing problems.

DAN SCHINHOFEN: More division coming up

President “projected” Biden stated that he will unite our country. Well, that’s good because his party spent the last four years dividing us. From the end of the election in 2016, the Democrats have refused to accept the results, but rather spent the last four years calling Trump illegitimate, a fraud, and of course tried to impeach him many times. The one time they actually went through with it, they knew it would fail in the Senate, but to meddle in the next election, they did it anyway, During Obama’s administration, there were many times some Republicans wanted to impeach Obama, but with the Senate being held by Harry Reid, they knew it would only be a show and cause division, so they did not.

As Mental Health Comes out of the Shadows, So Should Insurance Coverage to Increase Access to Care

Anyone who has ever tried to navigate the crazy task of selecting an individual health insurance policy knows the fundamental problem is figuring out exactly what you’re buying. Then, traversing the dizzying maze of HMOs, doctors, hospitals, co-pays, deductibles, allowable procedures, and coverage eligibility only increases the frustration.

TIM BURKE:

The chaos surrounding the presidential election bears a semblance to the “hurry-up” offense in the NFL to avoid changing the outcome of a play.