Michigan’s Anti-Smoking Extravaganza

Monday, April 12, 2010
Posted in category Lifestyle Fascism

I don’t come across many folks who aren’t aware of the state of the state of Michigan. We beat y’all to the Depression by a long shot, and I’m sure we will outlast everyone, too. We are at the top of national lists in unemployment, business loss, population loss, loss of home values, and foreclosures/abandoned housing. The economy is entirely devastated here, and the state government is trying to come up with ways of stealing more from people in order to keep the welfare-redistribution scheme afloat. During the course of desperation, the heads of that racket known as state government actually believe they can prop up their ponzi scheme by taking from the productive workers who are lucky enough to be still working.

In a move to enhance the economic downturn in this great state of unemployment, Michigan’s legislature passed a smoking ban that goes into effect in a couple of weeks. Daily, I watch/listen to the news and follow the stories in the paper. Even the mainstream media has described this ban as an unorganized nightmare. Somehow, it has not yet been decided who will enforce the smoking ban – will it be the county/local health departments, the state, or? No one has a plan, and even then, no one, in this economy, has the manpower to pull off any level of enforcement. And so no one is stepping up to own the enforcement end of the ban. It’s become a daily dose of comedy.

A long-term consequence will be that government will have yet another reason to grow at the expense of the private sector. Enforcement agencies will have to grow in order to make sure that 85-year-old Vets aren’t smoking a cigar inside their own private VFW club.

As usual, those with political clout will escape the tyranny of the state’s laws. This bill was held up a long time while certain powerful political interests – Detroit’s gaming casinos – got their exemption. Once all the necessary political donations were made and the proper favors got paid, the bill became law. Business as usual.

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7 Responses to Michigan’s Anti-Smoking Extravaganza

  1. clark says:

    April 12th, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    The small bars close down, one by one, at least that’s what’s happening in my state so far, slowly, steadily and surly.

    Part of it is the change in the night time crowd, but I’d bet the daytime anchors, the regulars who keep the business afloat during slow periods, they’re staying home or going gambling on the riverboats where they are still permitted to smoke.

    In a way, the ban on people who smoke seems like an attack on people meeting and discussing politics, and especially discussions away from CCTV, or at least that appears to be one result.

    The food at restaurants seems worse overall too, as aren’t most of the best restaurant cooks all smokers?

    Not good enough for entry as determined by the state. It’s (pathetic maybe?) how people are forced to stand outside to smoke, like some kind of second rate citizen, I wonder if this is how colored people were viewed back in the Jim Crow and slavery days? Makes me want to chew lots of gum, big sticky gooey wads of gum, the kind without aspartame of course.

  2. buy smoking blends says:

    April 13th, 2010 at 6:19 am

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  3. Poots says:

    April 13th, 2010 at 11:45 am

    “…Somehow, it has not yet been decided who will enforce the smoking ban – will it be the county/local health departments, the state, or?…”


    It will probably be enforced by a newly created taxpayer paid for agency with an Orwellian reverse-name like: “The Clean Air & Lung Task Force” or some other such statist garbage.

    Probably a subdivision of the ‘Department of Redundancy Department’…


  4. Michael says:

    April 13th, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Interesting observation Karen. As soon as the right hands get greased…

    I enjoy watching endless YouTube clips of the ruins that were previously known as Detroit, Michigan. A sign of things to come for the rest of America?

  5. Eric Blade says:

    April 13th, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    The only motive that I can come up with for this bill, is for the casinos to try to attract more business (ie, from the people who are no longer able to smoke in other establishments) .. but, the casinos were totally caught by surprise when the bill was introduced too. I can’t see the state -actually- having people’s interest at heart with it .. but there’s no other possible motive here. It’s going to kill off a lot of tax revenue, potentially kill off several businesses .. it’s total retardation.

  6. Glynis Hormell says:

    April 27th, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Write a list of reason you LIKE smoking. It may seem counter to your needs to quit smoking but ignoring why you like smoking & why you continue to smoke is important so that psychologically you can overcome these things or leave them behind or replace them with something. Ignoring them basically means when cravings hit those reasons subconsciously attack your reasoning & resolve.

  7. Karen De Coster says:

    April 27th, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    I don’t smoke. I defend freedom.

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