Libertarian Blasts Cigarette Tax

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Libertarian Blasts Cigarette Tax

Libertarian Blasts Heath's Cigarette Tax
Shnelvar For Governor
For Immediate Release
July 18, 2002
Contact: Ralph Shnelvar, 303-546-6125
www.shnelvar.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 18, 2002

Libertarian Blasts Cigarette Tax

"Colorado's economy is already choking on excessive taxes and regulation, and now my Democrat opponent, Rollie Heath, is blowing more smoke in the taxpayers face by wanting to raise taxes on cigarettes," said Libertarian candidate for governor, Ralph Shnelvar.

"Heath wants to 'help' people by imposing a $1 tax increase on cigarettes," Shnelvar continued. "The only true way to help Colorado's economy is to lower state spending, lower taxes, and return responsibility to the people to allocate their incomes."

Heath told the press, "My Health Care Initiative will provide $257 million annually to help more than 250,000 Coloradans every year."

Shnelvar countered, "Heath presents a child's view of the economy. What Mr. Heath does not understand or does not care about is that the health care system is already operating at maximum because of government interference in the supply of health care workers. Mr. Heath's counterproductive tax and spend policy will further exacerbate health care cost inflation since there is no extra capacity to absorb the money."

Shnelvar continued, "Discriminatory taxes are inherently unfair. Social engineering is not the government's job. I don't smoke anything and I don't consume more than a glass of wine a week; but that's my decision. Adults in Colorado don't need politicians to interfere in their personal decisions.

"I, Ralph Shnelvar, only carry catastrophic health care insurance for my family. Even though I do not smoke, Heath's terrible proposal will raise my already soaring out-of-pocket cost of health care by adding more fuel to the healthcare cost fire thus causing my out-of-pocket healthcare payments to spiral upward like the tobacco smoke he wishes to tax.

"While Owens and Heath are fighting to restrict the freedoms of Coloradans, I am fighting to restore those freedoms. We don't need more socialized medicine -- we need to return to a free market in medicine.

"I am old enough to remember when healthcare was affordable and healthcare was accessible to nearly all of us. That was in the 50's and 60's before our government distorted the health care marketplace so drastically that now no one except the rich can afford decent healthcare.

"We don't need social engineering -- we need individual choice and personal responsibility. We don't need politicians to enforce modern prohibition: we need to legalize hemp and marijuana.

"In short, the citizens of Colorado need a Libertarian in the governor's mansion."

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