I don't know if any of you remember a thing from the past called the Master Settlement Agreement? It was an agreement signed by the tobacco companies & the Attorneys Generals of the US in 1998. The tobacco companies agreed to pay $225 Billion .....yep, that's right....$225 BILLION to the States over a 25 year period. The funds were largely in part earmarked for smoking related illness & youth prevention programs. Here it is 10 years later & less than 3% of the money has been spent on the intended uses. For the most part it goes into the general fund & is used for whatever. Think the Attorneys Generals REALLY cared about health issues. Do you REALLY think the current government cares about health care for children or do they just want the extra $38 billion to pittel away like the rest of it.
I get so tired of hearing how cigarettes are bad for you & cause so many health problems. If health problems are such a big issue, STOP DRIVING YOUR CAR. Oh, I'm sorry...that effects way to many people doesn't it. It's real easy to pi$$ off 20% of the people, but don't mess with something that effects the majority.
The report is that 60% of people in the US are over weight, bordering on obesity. Think that there are any health issues & costs connected to that.
A friend of mine had an interesting thought. He said give every tax filing American $1 million. No more living on welfare, wic & working Americans. People could catch up their mortgages, car payments, credit cards..ect. It would stimulate the economy, give some relief to the social service programs & for guys like myself who could live the rest of our lives on $1 million, it would create some job vacancies for other people.
From what my friend estimated, this would cost somewhere around $250-$300 million. That seems alot cheaper than these $75 billion buy outs we are seeing. The only problem he saw with this program was that he doubted that the government actually HAS $250-$300 million.