> 2015 > February
“More Doctors Smoke Camels
than any other Cigarette.”
–RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company Ad (1950’s)
This is no longer the 1950s… and the tobacco industry and medical community are no longer partnering to pitch that smoking is “ok” for your health because some doctors do it.
No, in this century, even doctors who smoke have adopted a Do-as-I-say, not-as-I-do approach with their patients, and it is federal and state governments that are now cheerfully partnering with Big Tobacco.
Following the national 1998 Master Settlement Agreement (MSA), major tobacco companies agreed to ban pushing “Joe Camel” to the nation’s youth in exchange for millions of dollars in annual payments with “no end date” for their participation in the negotiated settlement agreement.
Pretty good deal, even if it is a little “Catch-22” [a paradox created by contradictory rules].
State governments like Nevada’s receive roughly $40 million a year from the MSA, which in turn funds approximately 40% of the Silver State’s Millennium College Scholarship program.
For those who have mastered Common Core’s practicum of “critical thinking,” you can easily see where the Catch-22 lies, here:
Government shakes down an industry because it’s bad for us. But… good programs benefit from those bad companies. Smoking may be “bad” for us, but it’s “good” for education in Nevada.
So… keep it legal, tax it high, and make sure that whatever deal you’ve made lasts forever… right?
It’s a great example of the ends justifying the means. Bad boy Joe Camel now does a heck of a lot of good—just as long as we don’t object to the smoke stream of irony clogging our noses.
Another but slightly different example in the “Do as I say, not as I do,” category of public policy is a bill Assemblyman Elliot Anderson introduced to the Education Committee on Wednesday (AB 112). The proposed legislation would “promote congeniality, and prohibit teachers from bullying each other.”
I kid you not.
The sponsor said he didn’t think it’s a good example for teachers to act like the high school students they are trying to teach.
If any empirical evidence was needed to support Michelle Rhee’s notion that we need “better teachers,” there you have it, folks. If the gang problem and bullying among teachers in the Clark County School District gets any worse, I’m going to have to consider designating some of them a “first rate Vegas lounge act.”
And besides… if we can just figure out how to legislate courtesy, there is no telling what we can accomplish this legislative session in Carson City.
There is no truth to the rumor… That all the union laborers in Northern Nevada are already working on the Tesla Project. They couldn’t be, because it appeared that hundreds of them where in the Legislature today testifying against SB 119, the school construction and prevailing wage bill.
They either have a lot of time on their hands, or they were paid by Union officials to show up in force to protest about getting paid less if they build more new schools for Nevada.
During testimony before the Assembly Government Affairs Committee, one union laborer got so mad at the Committee Chairman and bill sponsors that he shot himself in the foot with a nail gun [so to speak].
Finally… today is “Rare Disease Day,” at the Nevada Legislature. Along with raising awareness about how lawmakers can help us out, we better hope that whatever infection it was we picked up that makes some politicians think they are as “cool” as Joe Camel will be cured by the time the Session ends.
Yeah, don’t count on it.
But at least it is Friday, and Carson City will be just fine without us for the weekend.