It's been repeated here over and over but, it's is very true. People can only stand so much prosperity and success before they get lazy and begin to piss it all away. The US has reached old age. The Chinese look to be next on the list for world domination economically as they gradually embrace certain economic rules the USSR never did. And is the "golden rule" that wiles the world, "he who has the gold rules."It is a problem without solution. The average Empire lasts about 240 years.
Moving would work in tandem since states with lower tobacco taxes generally have much lower costs of living than states with high tobacco taxes.The cost of smoking anything is not going to decrease in the future. That you be assured of. So, if buying blends is a near thing with regard to your purchasing power, you'll need to reduce other costs or ... horror of horrors for some, improve your value to your employer or, find a better paying job. This may mean relocating, kicking the kids out of the house, a more economic vehicle. smaller domicile with lower taxes and so forth. Life doesn't get usually get cheaper. Retirement sometime realizes savings through less travel, lack of need for suits and ties, and etc.
Wanna smoke on a limited income? Costs will only increase. No point in gnashing teeth, running in circles and peeing down one's pant leg. The only answer is to reduce other costs or ... increasing income. Social security rarely provides sufficient increase to keep up with inflation. A good retirement plan, tied to a reasonable cost of living increase might mitigate but, probably not adequately.
Wait until the VAT tax comes to the USA. Our -Ahem- esteemed politicians won't be able to keep themselves from instituting this sometime soon to increase revenues to match increasing spending.But we ought not pay more than twice the cost in taxes to sin, if we choose to sin, you know?
Luxuries all! Nary a one is essential for a good life. Just self-indulgences, no different than luxury vehicles, smoking and so forth. One of the problems with many people is they are unable to differentiate between luxuries and necessities and honestly believe self-indulgence is a "right." We are allowed to pursue happiness but, not guaranteed to attain such. Gotta work hard for happiness if your "happiness (self-indulgence) level" is a high maintenance one. Not a thing wrong with a luxury auto if you can afford it. Smoking, gum chewing, sodas, coffee, tea, booze are all what excess income should be used for, self-indulgence.chewing gum, or bottle of soda pop, or a candy bar, or even coffee
I first learned about VAT tax’s almost fifty years ago, in college.Wait until the VAT tax comes to the USA. Our -Ahem- esteemed politicians won't be able to keep themselves from instituting this sometime soon to increase revenues to match increasing spending.
We pay it... it is just added after the retail price.Wait until the VAT tax comes to the USA. Our -Ahem- esteemed politicians won't be able to keep themselves from instituting this sometime soon to increase revenues to match increasing spending.