Okay, see. I have this friend that posts political things pretty often. She and I vehemently disagree on nearly EVERYTHING political (with the notable exception of gay marriage). She recently posted the following picture:
I don’t want to respond on Facebook because I feel like I respond to a vast majority of her political posts and I don’t want it to seem like I’m just trolling or itching for a fight. That said, I really wanted to respond to this in some way, so I’m using tumblr to do so. I think maybe she follows me here? I don’t remember. Anyway, here are my thoughts:
Yes, I’m pro-life (meaning anti-abortion/anti-choice/whatever you wanna call it). Unlike many right-to-lifers, I’m also against capital punishment. However, I’m NOT in favor of a national healthcare system.
My logic here: I’m pro-life in the sense that I’m adamantly against intentionally taking a life. I’m against a national healthcare system because I feel that it increases taxes and decreases efficiency, and I think it’s unconstitutional as far as the limits of the federal government go. Further, I feel that “Obamacare” and its individual insurance mandate are entirely the wrong way to go. I’m totally in favor of personal choice when it comes to whether or not you want to be smart and get health insurance, and with that, I’m also in favor of personal responsibility if you decide to not get it and something bad happens to you. It may sound callous, but “them’s the breaks” as they saying goes. You make a choice, you live with the consequences, be they good or bad. That’s how life works (and, in my opinion, how it should work).
Barring any “you’re totally wrong about your view on the Affordable Care Act” things, does this logic at least make sense? Is it coherent? Can you understand what I’m saying even if you don’t personally agree with it?
The city of Boston has quietly banned all cigars which cost less than $2.50.
Translation: Blunts, no. Fancy Habanos, yes.
Second translation: Poor people smoking, no. Rich people smoking, yes:
The ban is effective February 1, 2012.
But for those upper class cigar aficionados, the elite few who are still allowed to smoke indoors at their pricey cigar bars, will still be able to purchase single cigars. A stipulation in the city ordinance allows tobacco shops to sell individual cigars, as long as they retail for $2.50 or more.
The city agency responsible for the ban, the Boston Public Health Commission, is composed of a seven person board. I hardly need mention, of course, that the board members all appear to have careers which have undoubtedly kept them far from poverty.