Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) has just proposed full-scale tobacco prohibition as an alternative to the Family Smoking Prevention Tobacco Control Act — a piece of legislation that would increase the federal government’s ability to regulate tobacco.
Obviously this is a really horrendous idea and the last thing we should do is create a black market of nicotine-products ruled by gangsters and drug-cartels. However, I’m pretty sure it’s in the job description of “Oklahoma Republican” to propose really horrendous ideas, so on that count it’s good to see that Coburn still takes his job seriously.
I will admit to being a bit surprised by this news since in the past Coburn has voted against things like tobacco taxes paying for increased access to children’s health insurance. However, I guess you need to figure that this is really just pretty typical Republican reasoning insofar as the thinking goes that government intervention into the personal lives of citizens is terrific, so long as that intervention doesn’t lead to important social services like health care for kids.