One of the few reliable sources of amusement in life: liberal Hollywood nitwits and the moral knots they tie themselves up in.
At least most conservatives have the sense to keep their hypocrisy secret, rather than making it an essential part of their platform.
Summary, for those who don’t feel like clicking through: Rob Reiner backed a 50-cent state tax hike on cigarettes back in ’98, with the proceeds going to fund health and education for young children. Now he’s campaigning against a further $1.50 hike which would benefit emergency rooms and other health programs. Why? Because if cigarettes become even more expensive, fewer people will buy them – thus reducing the funding to his pet program!
For those looking for a serious moral to this story, it’s a simple one: “sin taxes” are invariably stupid, stupid, STUPID public policy. They make the state dependent on the very vices it seeks to curb.