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Few expect the tobacco companies will have to pony up the $280 billion, but the threat of “injunctive relief” by the court could arguably be deadly. The restrictions the tobacco companies have already submitted to with the MSA do not go far enough for the feds.
The Justice Department wants a court-imposed ban on cigarette vending machines. It wants marketing terms that give smokers “false impressions” about the dangers of smoking (e.g., “low tar,” “light”) eliminated. It wants more funds available to help people quit smoking, over and above the millions the tobacco industry has already committed.
And there will likely be more. The government isn’t willing to specify when enough will finally be enough. “It’s hard to talk rationally about a case I don’t think was given a lot of rational thought,” Philip Morris lawyer William Ohlemeyer sighed during a recent briefing on developments in the case, which goes to trial this September.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?