Dario Anselmo is chief author of a bill that would raise the minimum smoking age in Minnesota to 21. State Sen. Carla Nelson “introduced similar legislation last year.” They both insist that their legislation has bipartisan support.

If that’s their best argument, this legislation should be immediately defeated in committee and never see the light of day again.

Rep. Anselmo has a warped view of state government’s role. At his press availability, Rep. Anselmo said “This is sort of what government is here for. It’s here for our public safety, national and local. It’s here for our public health, and this is a big one. I tell them if we’re the party that talks about cutting health care costs, its $3 billion direct cost that go to the cost of smoking.”

What type of liberal thinking is that? First, Republicans are the party that preaches the gospel of individual responsibility. Rep. Anselmo apparently thinks that adults who aren’t 21 aren’t capable of making intelligent decisions. I’d love hearing Rep. Anselmo explain why he thinks people who are prosecuted as adults aren’t capable of making intelligent adult decisions. Check out the first segment of Friday night’s Almanac to watch Rep. Anselmo explain his legislation:

This is legislation in search of a problem. There isn’t a smoking crisis. There isn’t a hint of a smoking crisis. Further, this is a perfect example of busybody legislating. Rep. Anselmo should admit that adults should be left alone to make their own decisions.

One Response to “Anselmo pushes smoking bill”

  • Chad Q says:

    What pot of money are they going to steal from if raising the age to 21 actually works? I mean the tax on tobacco is what pays for all kinds of liberal health programs and if people stop buying, where’s the money go to come from.

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