Friday, July 14, 2017

There's a whole lot of smoke in this story

Not so surprisingly, Veep Mike has been trying to distance himself from the Cheato's sleaze. Good luck with that.

Besides, the guy is no prize himself. Here's the smoke he was peddling when he ran for Congress in 2001.

Despite the hysteria from the political class and the media, smoking doesn't kill. In fact, 2 out of every three smokers does not die from a smoking related illness and 9 out of ten smokers do not contract lung cancer. This is not to say that smoking is good for you.... news flash: smoking is not good for you. If you are reading this article through the blue haze of cigarette smoke you should quit. The relevant question is, what is more harmful to the nation, second hand smoke or back handed big government disguised in do-gooder healthcare rhetoric.

Carrying water for the tobacco industry was good business for Pence:

Over his career, Pence received $39,000 in donations from RJ Reynolds, a Reynolds American subsidiary, and more than $60,000 from the tobacco-company-aligned National Association of Convenience Stores, both among his top donors. Pence owned up to $250,000 in stock in a family business, a chain of 210 convenience stores doing business as “Tobacco Road”.

That last enterprise eventually failed as smoking declined under federal pressure.

It turns out the whole Trump criminal enterprise is in bed with the tobacco industry. The Guardian has the story.


Brandon said...

One of the very good things about modern life is the decreasing rate of smoking. (Vaping is another matter.) I'm old enough (41) to remember people smoking all over the place.

Have you ever heard of this book?

janinsanfran said...

Brandon: thanks for tip. I did not know that book. In addition to its poisonous character, tobacco (or rather the rigors of tobacco monoculture) was the spur to bringing bound slavery of Africans to Virginia. White English workers wouldn't do it ...

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