Sunday, March 08, 2009

US Government: Still Bending the Truth

Just because George W. Bush is out of Washington, doesn't mean the government isn't still bending the truth to make themselves look good. According to Yahoo News, the US military announced today that 12,000 US troops will leave Iraq by September.

I could have told you that. Most of them are called the 4th Infantry Division, and their one-year tour of duty will be finished by then. Whether they'll be replaced or not is the part of the story we can't be certain about.

In other news:

I will again be staging a tax revolt, and will start buying Russian cigarettes online. Until I can stop smoking, that is. Because the representatives in our State government, who no longer represent me, have decided that it's necessary to raise the tax on cigarettes again, and I feel it my duty as an American to be a revolutionary. It's also my duty as an American to be revolting. And if I can get cigarettes for one-third the cost, isn't it fiscally responsible for me to do so?

10 comments:

Simon said...

*stares accusingly*

That sounds very unpatriotic to me. I shall have to report you to the House Un-American Activities Committee. Next thing you’ll be admitting to selling things to the Russians.

Also it’s your duty to prop up the US economy by remaining addicted to cigarettes. If you kick the habit, you will deprive good, honest, hard-working top executives of the tobacco companies of their richly deserved incomes.

Remember: don’t ask what your country can do for you, ask what your money can do for your country.

MauritaMason said...

Ha! I love that last line. I'm sure I'll be found out eventually, and I'll be forced to pay back taxes and possibly be sent to a work camp, once those are established.

becomingkate said...

Alberta is charging sin tax like crazy! I think they'd gone up to $11.50 for a 25 pack just before I quit. When I was in the US in 2003 I could get a 20 pack for $3.

Chiaroscuro said...

Oh heck yeah. But those Russian cigarettes! Most people think that the person in the office makes a difference - in general, the government is still a bunch of money-grubbing liars so whomever fills the oval office is a figurehead.

LERMONTOV said...

Sounds emminently sensible to me. I may try and do the same

Linda S. Socha said...

Absolutely...sensible...and a bit rebellious...LOVE IT
Linda

Steve said...

Ever had a Russian cigarette? Everyone I know who's ever had one claimed they felt a little high afterwards. Chances are it wasn't so much a narcotic affect, as the cigarette's ability to deprive you of more oxygen than American counterparts.

MauritaMason said...

Kate, wow. Alberta's price makes $5.63 a pack not seem so bad.

Chiaroscuro, very true...a point I've been trying to make for some time now.

Lerm, I can hook you up with a link. Not sure they ship to AU, but it's worth a shot.

Linda, thanks!

Steve, no. What I'll be buying are American cigarettes manufactured for sale in Russia. Surprisingly, I always felt better when I was smoking them - possibly because they contained less poison.

theredhead said...

"Be revolting, save money." That sounds every bit as American as the whole idea of "sin-tax."
Good for you! I bet Russian cigs pack quite a punch.

Fijufic said...

more headed to the Afghani hills....It is all about smoke and mirrors anyhow...