Who Is Happy About The Veto?

Oct 4, 2007 by

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Veto. Fourth one to be exact. This time applied to the SCHIP expansion passed in both the House and the Senate. Sources everywhere are critical of this decision, and you would be hard pressed to find many truly joyful reactions to it. Or would you? The funding is supposed to come from increased taxes on tobacco…
Let’s take a little trip to the Dominican Republic, a place where they heard the news and (in the fashion of Monty Python) there was “much rejoicing.” Check out this little tidbit straight from Dominican Today:

Tobacco farmers of the country’s north region (Cibao) yesterday heard with joy the news that U.S. president George Bush’s vetoed a bill passed by Congress, which threatened to decimate the Dominican and Central American tobacco industries.

The president of the Cibao Tobacco Harvesters Federation, Jorge Mercado, said the U.S. president’s decision would reactivate the north zone’s tobacco industry, mainly in Santiago province. “The veto of the law represents hope and relief for more than 300 harvesters in this region who have lived off the production of tobacco for centuries.”

Agriculture minister Salvador Jimenez, quoted by the newspaper Diario Libre, said if the bill had been signed into law the country would’ve lost some 54,000 jobs.

The legislation also threatened to shutter 60 cigarette factories in the municipalities Tamboril, Villa Gonzalez and Navarrete, and cause more than US$100 million annually in lost income for the country.

Interesting. It makes me much happier to be hitting the end of my first month without cigarettes…

-Loki

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