Re: A Little Reality on SCHIP
I suppose it's possible that Obama's economic advisers are stupid enough to think that raising tobacco taxes is a politically safe way to pay for health care but I doubt it. Given that a literal mountain of evidence exists demonstrating that onerous tax burdens REDUCE tax revenue it seems to me that this whole SCHIP thing isn't about providing health care at all. Instead, i'd wager that SCHIP is about forcing controlling what people do. It's about the government deciding what you can and can't do with your money. It's about deciding what the sort of businesses should be able to exist and which ones should taxed/regulated out of existence.
All the blather about health care for poor kids is simply a way to sell greater state control over peoples' lives to the economically uniformed.