In a feigned effort to prevent trafficking of "bootleg" cigarettes into
states where taxes on them are through the roof, the imbecile currently
occupying the big White House on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC
has signed what is perhaps the biggest idiocy of legislation in recent
memory. It's called "The P.A.C.T. Act"; acronym for "Prevent
Before I, as a cigarette smoker launch my 1st
Amendment-protected tirade here, let me tell you up front, that the PACT
Act will not do diddly-shit to stop what is known as "bootleg
I will prove it
(keep reading). In point of fact, like marihuana and other
"recreational" drugs, tobacco will be procured
by any means
by the people who use it. Like any other market that follows the natural
laws of supply and demand, customers will gravitate to the suppliers who
can supply the goods at a reasonable price. 'nuf said.
Way before this bullshit was even thought of, cigarette manufacturers
(at least here in NJ / NY) have taken to adding some sort of chemical
(they claim they just micro-perforated the paper) to cigarettes to make
them go out if you're not actively smoking them. This was allegedly done
to prevent someone's mattress from catching fire if he / she fell asleep
smoking. SO.... just because some Assholes like to smoke in bed and
light themselves on fire in the process, all the rest of us who smoke
and know better not to smoke in bed have to breathe fuckin' CHEMICALS
now as if the already chemically treated brand-name cigarettes don't
have enough chemicals in them already!
Many years ago, I started buying cigarettes at Indian reservations. They
make good cigarettes, with pure tobacco, and don't add a shit-load of
chemical additives to them. My favorite brand was
which cost $1.65 per pack when purchased by the carton via mail order.
Now, I can't get them through the mail anymore, so when I need to get my
cigarettes, I'll just make 10 trips in and out of a local Indian
reservation. I'll be dipped in shit if I'll pay $8.95 per pack for Camel
Filters or Marlboro anymore!
I live in New Jersey. A few weeks ago I had to go to New York City on
business. When I got off the PATH train, I discovered I left my
cigarettes at home. I went to the newsstand and asked "How much is a
pack of Camel Filters?". the guy said "$12.95 plus tax".
Dollars and Ninety Five Cents
Plus fuckin' tax!!!
"You GOTTA' be
shittin' me!! It's ALL fuckin' TAX.... what do you mean "Plus TAX!!??".
Habib looked at me like I had 3 heads.
Had I known this shit only 3 months prior, I would have sold all my
positions in the stock market and bought cartons of Newport and Marlboro
I could have (at least) TRIPLED my money in only one day of cigarette
sales and since they all would have had tax stamps on them, the Feds
couldn't do shit about it even if they caught me.
The PACT Act does ONE GOOD THING, however. It opens up a whole new
golden opportunity for
in New York City (most of which are Vietnam or Gulf War
Veterans abandoned by the Veteran's
Administration) to sell "loose-ies" on the street. Think about it!
A homeless person (we don't want to appear sexist here; there are
homeless women, too) would pay $3.50 round trip to go across the river
to New Jersey to buy cigarettes 30% cheaper than in New York. He or she
picks up 2 cartons for a total of $150.00 ($75/carton). This is 4,000
cigarettes. If he sells the packs individually at a $2.95 discount from
the New York price, he makes ($12.95 NY price $2.95 discount) = $10.00
per pack. Multiply that by 20 packs (2 cartons) (20 x $10) = $200.00
This gives him a profit of ($200 - $150) = $50 Minus $3.50 carfare =
$46.50 NOT BAD FOR A MORNING'S WORK and if you don't think someone
can sell 2 measly cartons of cigarettes by the pack on the street in New
York City at $10 a pack before lunch well, you're just as naοve (or
just as stupid) as Obama!
Well, let's take this one step further, shall we? Let's say that our
hypothetical homeless person decides that they're going to sell these
cigarettes INDIVIDUALLY. There are 400 cigarettes in the two cartons
he / she has purchased in New Jersey, and so our homeless entrepreneur
wanders around downtown Manhattan offering "loose-ies" for 50 CENTS a
piece. Yeah, it might take a bit longer to sell them THAT way; it takes
a lot more work and effort but the payoff (400 cigarettes x $0.50) = $200 minus
the $3.50 in carfare yields a profit of $196.50. If that homeless
person had to walk around Wall Street for A WEEK to sell all 400 cigarettes, I believe
you would agree, it would be well worth his "while" to do so, especially
since he or she probably won't be filing a 1040-EZ with the IRS come
April... And you don't have to either even if you've been doing it all
of your life.
There is NO LAW that says you must file a personal income tax
return, or pay income taxes on your wages.
Let me repeat... THERE IS NO LAW... and if you
KNOW there is NO
LAW, they'll leave you alone because the LAST thing they want is for the
majority of Americans to know that there is no law requiring you to pay
a tax on your personal income see the feature-length videos on
So, my question is simply, "What does the PACT Act accomplish?". The
answer is "Just the OPPOSITE of what the people who wrote it, and the
Asshole who signed it into law want you to
believe it accomplishes".
People will get what they want and suppliers will compete to supply it,
no matter what the imbeciles in Washington do to attempt to control it.
The PACT Act has put many people out of (legitimate) businesses, and has
REALLY PISSED OFF THE INDIANS.
Remember Dubya and the guy who threw his shoes at him? (Dubya
was "in the Matrix" that day, eh?)
Well, I'm reasonably certain that there are many Indians on the Warpath,
and a few tomahawks out there with Obama's name on them.