Posts Tagged ‘health’

Swine Flu Hysteria: Over-exaggerated?

May 1, 2009

In a few years, we’ll look back at this sickness and laugh. We’ll remember all of the schools that were closed and all of the media attention to what was guessed to be the next great “pandemic”.

Schools across the country seem to be closing on the premise that some students “might have” this flu.However, the reality is quite different. Some people that have analysed this virus are now speculating that H1N1 may actually be “mild”.

Many people are panicking too. People in Houston who experience any flu symptoms immediately assume that their flu is H1N1.

While over a hundred Mexican citizens have died of this flu, there seems to be little threat of pandemic. Most transportation to Mexico has been cut off and we are seeing plenty of preventive action. A vaccine is expected to be ready in less than a month.

So, in a few years, we will look back at this moment and smile to ourselves, asking, “What were we thinking?”

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Taxing the Poor: Obama’s Tobacco Tax Increase

April 5, 2009

Because tobacco is addictive and has psychological effects on people, some will go homeless and die before giving up their cigarettes.

Health workers believe that a tax on smoking will generate much needed revenue while discouraging the deadly habit of smoking. However, I know better.

According to FOX News, the price of a pack of cigarettes has increased by 39 cents with this new federal tax. Says one smoker,

“I don’t think it will stop me from buying cigarettes”

My father isn’t going to quit either. Smokers will just suck it up and pay this 39 cent tax. So, this is not going to help smokers quit.

Obama is using this tax to fund new government spending, specifically ”children’s insurance”, a critical step towards nationalizing healthcare. So let’s see who is affected by this new ingenious tax system. According to Joseph Bast, 45 million adults smoke. Who are these smokers? Well, they are the poor! Smokers are less likely to recieve or enjoy a high paying job. Employers do not want employees who smoke. It gives their company a bad name. So, smokers tend to be the poorer workers, though there are many exceptions.

So, while ‘most americans’ will recieve a few bucks a week in tax cuts, many people will lose more than that for tobacco taxes.