It is my great fortune to live in a state such as California where totalitarian bureaucrats have nothing useful to do other than pass incessant legislation and referendums seeking to control my behavior and life. I love living in California where I’m always reminded that disconnected elites live out a Mother Complex and that they alone are capable of standing in for my own good judgement and maturity.
Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a pack of bills that will raise the smoking age in California from 18 to 21, and restrict the use of electronic cigarettes in public places.
“Although California has one of the lowest cigarette tax rates in the nation, I am reluctant to approve this measure in view of all the taxes being proposed for the 2016 ballot,” Brown wrote in his veto message for a bill by Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica).
The bills were touted as the “most expansive” effort to control tobacco use in the state in more than a decade and were backed by a coalition of medical groups including the American Heart Assn, American Lung Assn., American Cancer Society and the California Medical Assn.
Because the bills raising the smoking age and regulating e-cigarettes were approved during a special session on health care, they will become effective sooner — June 9 — than regular bills.
Don’t you wish you lived here?
Don’t you too wish that you never had to think for yourself?