Native Indians and cigarettes: the tension is building

On August 27th, I spoke about the plan of Governor Patterson to enforce cigarette tax laws on Native American Indian tribes. In that discussion, it was noted that NYC Mayor Bloomberg stated that “the governor should act like a cowboy with a shotgun and enforce the state tax law.”

This is in addition to my understanding that, according to what the Gov. was proposing, a violation of the 4th Amendment was under way. Which says nothing of the potential for violence that occured when similar plans were proposed when Gov. Cuomo in 1992 and Gov. Pataki in 1997 tried to enact a similar law.

I subsequently sent out letters to several of the candidates and incumbents running for election in New York. Only the candidates responded (which can be seen in several of the interviews on this blog). But that was not the only response. Nor has the issue disappeared.

On Sept 1st, the courts halted the tax grab that Gov. Patterson envisioned filling State coffers. Seperately federal Judge Lawrence Kahn blocked action until a hearing could be had on Sept 23rd. There is another injunction until Oct. 15th.

While the final result is yet to be known, there is more emotion building on the issue. The following video was maded known to M V Consulting today. We make no comment on the content, just that it is an example of the tension that Gov. Patterson, Mayor Bloomberg, and the insatiable need to tax revenues is creating.

About the Author

Michael Vass
Born in 1968, a political commentator for over a decade. Has traveled the U.S. and lived in Moscow and Tsblisi, A former stockbroker and 2014 Congressional candidate. Passionate about politics with emphasis on 1st and 2nd Amendments.

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