Yesterday I wrote about the Government's proposed ripping $5b out of smokers' pockets supposedly to stop them from smoking.
On one count it's a good thing to put up the price of cigarettes. A few less people will smoke and a few more people may smoke less. Give it a tick.
However, this price rise is a blatant tax grab, ripping money off the working class to put into the pockets of doctors. When the workers wake up to the fact that Kevin Rudd and Nicola Roxon have pulled a swiftie on them they'll be pulling on their red shirts and storming the barricades around Parliament House.
If ever there was a good reason to stop smoking it would be to prevent the feeding of the insatiable appetite of a greedy, inefficient and bloated medical industry for public money.
This is yet another bad policy solution to a bad policy problem. The more money poured down the medical black hole the worse the health of the population.
On the track
Running with the boys. A good steady pace.
In the meantime stay tuned, highly tuned and if ever you needed a good reason to stop smoking this is it.