Monday, November 07, 2011

A small victory for free speech

At least in the sense that the government can't compel people or companies to make statements against their own interest.  Hot Air: "Judge blocks disease pics on cigarette packs".
But unless the government wants to make them illegal, they do not have the authority to seize the property of the manufacturer to conduct advocacy instead of requiring a dispassionate warning of the dangers associated with the use of the product.  And in what has become an obvious and overwhelming hypocrisy, the government has no intention of outlawing cigarettes, because they make too much money off of cigarette sales.
The government's addiction to cigarette taxes is sparking a growing black market that is, in turn, funding organized crime while robbing states of revenues.

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