Saturday, March 13, 2010

Senecas upset over PACT Act passage by Senate page/content. detail/id/ 537235.html? nav=5047

Although Seneca Nation of Indians' officials think action taken Thursday by the U.S. Senate could cost the area 1,000 jobs, others are praising the action, which will next go to the House of Representatives for a vote.

The measure, the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act, would prohibit tobacco products produced and sold by Native American businesses to be mailed through the U.S. Postal Service. Although the bill was previously passed by the House of Representatives, minor changes made by the Senate will result in the bill's return to the House for another vote.

"The PACT Act will deal a destructive blow to the private sector economy at the Seneca Nation and have negative repercussive effects on all of Western New York," said Richard Nephew, chairman of the nation's governing body, the Seneca Nation Tribal Council and co-chairman of their Foreign Relations Committee.

"Cigarettes should not be sold in the mail or anywhere else to children or minors," said U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer.

"We greatly appreciate and have supported the role of the Seneca in economic development in Western New York, and will continue to work with them," he said, adding, that work will include discussions for preventing cigarettes from "ending up in the hands of minors."

"The passage of the PACT Act should draw outrage and opposition from every corner of Indian Country. This is not so much about tobacco consumption as it is about who profits from it. Aside from tobacco, all Indian nations should be concerned about the federal government's attempt to confer further jurisdictional power to states over Indian Territories; this invites much trouble," he said.

J.C.Seneca, councilor and co-chairman of the Seneca Nation Foreign Relations Committee suggests the action is part of a broader effort to diminish Native economic gains.

"The ultimate effect of this legislation makes it clear that termination era policies to eradicate Indians and treaty rights in New York and across this country are alive and well," said Seneca. He said the act "turns the clock back" on Indians to lead them to dependency.

"We will take every measure to defend and protect our treaties; those that our ancestors secured and protected for us so that we will continue to enjoy those rights today and in the future," he said.

Seneca noted that the implications of the PACT Act extend beyond New York state and have the potential to thwart Native sovereignty and the Nation-to-Nation relationships that have long been established. Seneca further called upon the Obama administration to uphold its commitments to Indian Country and said the Nation is launching a new voter outreach campaign to raise awareness about voting records of incumbents and their votes' implications to the Western New York economy.

PACT Act passed the Senate

Unfortunately, on March 11, 2010 (juz 2 days ago), the PACT Act passed the Senate. Now it goes to a House Vote and then Obama signs it into law.

http://www.govtrack .us/congress/ bill.xpd? bill=s111- 1147

I know d@mn well Obama will sign it. Unless he actually reads the bill and thinks of the impact the PACT Act will cause....don' t expect him to read sh!t.

At least I'd try to read somethang if it had an effect on my lifestyle, Dis Act probably has no direct effect on Obama's lifestyle, since he likely neva bought cigs online.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

PACT Act didn't pass in the Senate

The PACT Act died in the Senate. Dat's certainly good news for smokers who buy cigs online, including smokers who are disabled and online is the only way dey can buy cigs.

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

A Q from someone on the PACT Act

How do kids get "charge cards?" as someone asked in a comment on the PACT Act post on my blog?

Well first of all, most online smoke shops don't use credit cards. E-checks are allowed for online cig purchasing. If kids are getting their hands on checkbooks, then their parents are irresponsible.

The PACT Act (on a more serious point) has nothang to do with preventing kids from buying cigs online. Politicians wanna prevent ADULTS from buying cigs online. So smokers can fill the polticians' pockets with moolah via offline cig purchases. Antis claim buying cigs online is tax evasion. I dunno how it's tax evasion. Cuz smokers are still paying fed taxes on the online cig purchases.

If the states are so concerned about losing money from smokers who buy cigs online instead, why don't they lower the tobacco taxes and tax the heck outta fast food lovers? What about the kids who can easily buy say a pack of Newports from a bro in the streets? Aint dat "tax evasion" too?

I know even adults who buy Newports (or whateva brand) from cig bootleggas (aka: the underground cig market) are evading taxes. Why don't the politicians try going afta the underground cig markets? Believe me, if I can't buy my cigs online, I'll juz buy a pack from a bro who sells em in the streets if I have to.

It's always about the kids. But don't believe dat sh!t. In the case of the PACT Act, it's all about forcing smokers to buy cigs offline so the politicians don't lose money. And it's all about putting more people outta work (since those online smoke shops would be outta business).

But don't you love how online CIGAR sales are exempted from the Act? So the politicians can easily have their cigars delivered to their doors?

Indiana has the 2nd highest smoking rate in the nation

>>>Bruce Adkins, director of tobacco prevention for West Virginia's Bureau for Public Health, says the state funds a toll-free line that provides those who want to quit with counseling and nicotine replacement aids. "Our smokers are hardcore, long-term, very addicted pack-a-day smokers," says Adkins. "Quite frankly, they don't want to quit."

Take away "very addicted," and dat quote actually describes me as a smoker. Maybe I oughta move to WV. hee hee

I am surprised Indiana has the 2nd highest smoking rate in the nation. I thought their tobacco taxes were higha than say MO's tobacco taxes.

I dunno where IL ranks, but I'll guess. IL has one of the 20 lowest smoking rates in the nation when I factor in the statewide smoking ban.