That is the question Erick Erickson (RedState) raised in his provactive post here on Saturday.
Maybe it’s time when Republicans aren’t acting like Republicans but more like Democrats (gee, where have we heard that before!).
Here is how Erickson begins:
Senator Max Baucus of Montana receives campaign donations from the parent company of Phillip Morris. Senator Baucus then puts a provision in the highway transportation bill banning roll your own cigarette operations, a business that does not exist in Montana.
Forty people in Harry Reid’s Nevada and elsewhere will lose their jobs because a transportation bill actively and willfully legislated a legal business out of business by driving up the regulatory burden so excessively. Major cigarette manufacturers championed the legislation and Republicans supported it because it will increase tax revenue without them voting to raise taxes.
Put bluntly, Republicans voted to do exactly what they they accuse the Democrats of doing — shut down businesses by driving up regulatory burdens in an effort to increase taxes.
Max Baucus may have inserted the provision, but it made it through Republican House of Representatives. Maybe we do need a third party to do the job Republicans campaign on doing, but then get to Washington and don’t actually do.
Readers, this isn’t about cigarette rolling. You might not care one iota about the business, but last week I heard a friend say that her very good friends had just been put out of business overnight with this provision of the Transportation bill. They were in shock and completely devastated. What is that old saying? First they came for the _____!
Erickson goes on to waffle about whether it’s third party time, but he needs to know you can only threaten so many times and the Republican establishment is already fully aware of the Tea Party timidity on the subject.