Supporting the Tobacco and Liquor Industry
I have been criticized over my support of the tobacco industry. Some would like you to think my support was nothing more than bowing to the demands of an industry that employs thousands of voters.
In truth, such rhetoric is just another attempt to confuse the truth by implying improper motives on my part—so let me set everyone straight.
Yes, I support the tobacco industry, yet I deplore smoking. And I support the liquor industry, yet I condemn drunk drivers. And I support all of our businesses small and large, even those feeding Americans too much salt, sugar, and fat.
According to encyclopedia.com, the U.S. tobacco industry—growing, manufacturing, distribution, marketing, and sales—has contributed to the wages of over 650,000 American workers. The liquor industry employs nearly 4.6 million jobs for U.S. workers.
Supporting free enterprise, both big and small, to market products legally sold in our country, is something I applaud.
And unless we are prepared to outlaw such products—which we know won’t work now any better than it did in Prohibition – and are prepared to lose about $15 billion in revenue from the federal excise tax on cigarettes and $25 billion to the states from the beverage alcohol industry, we should address the real issue: how do we educate Americans about healthy lifestyles and moderation without trampling the Constitution and the benefits we all derive from capitalism.