Congressional Democrats’ Latest Tax Hike Proposal

Congressional Democrats are hoping to pass a tax hike on cigarettes in order to pay for still bigger government. While billions in tax hikes were removed from the Energy Bill by Senate Republicans, the latest tax hike to increase funding by $50 billion for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program , also called SCHIP.
Of course, SCHIP expansion is just another means of expanding government health care at the expense of private health care. Not surprisingly, Governor Richardson has made SCHIP expansion a point of emphasis. The not-so-subtle point here is that the Democrats are using SCHIP expansion as a means of incremental steps to “universal, socialized medicine.”
Perhaps President Bush will veto this massive tax hike and expansion of government as he has pledged in the past?