Zenith Reached in Earmarking of Unrelated Fund Sources

One of the reasons why there is growing taxpayer cynicism about the work of lawmakers is the earmarking of revenues for specific programs which in many respects has little relationship to the source of the funding or are certain to shrink in direct proportion to the need for the funding.

What, might you say, do you mean? Take, for example, that a portion of the cigarette tax goes for the funding of the cancer research center and community health centers. On one hand, advocates of smoking cessation argue that higher and higher cigarette taxes will make it more and more expensive to smoke and it will discourage current smokers from continuing to smoke as well as youth from ever starting to smoke. Advocates argue that smokers increase the cost of health care to society so they should be asked to pay for the increased costs.

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