Have you ever wondered by Democrats seem to hate vaping but love legalized marijuana? It seems that every time a new piece of federal, state, or local legislation is proposed that will ban or restrict vaping in any way, the Democrats always vote “yes” across the board. Meanwhile, this same political party is always quick to lend a supportive political hand to the weed industry any time that a state wants to make it legal. What gives?
Follow the money.
Democrats are notorious for their tendency to raise taxes. Whenever a Democrat is elected to the Presidency, a massive tax hike is almost sure to follow. In 1992, it was Democrat Bill Clinton who imposed the first $2 “sin tax” on tobacco cigarettes, and the Dems gave been upping the ante ever since. Democrats love their taxes.
To the Democrats, the marijuana industry looks like a massive, new chunk of unlimited, untapped tax revenues just ripe for the plucking. They know that if they can legalize the marijuana industry, then they can spend the next several decades imposing round after round of new sin taxes on the entire industry, just like President Clinton did in the 1990s. For the Dems, it’s all about the money.
Perhaps this is why the Left Wing has remained silent about vaping for over ten years now. It was only after the vaping industry proved to be a billion-dollar industry in recent years that the Dems decided to take a stand. Unfortunately, they chose to demonize the entire industry because taxing it is simply not cost effective.
Big Pharma, Big Tobacco, and the Democrats
Vaping technology (e-liquids, coils, wicks, batteries, etc.) are relatively inexpensive items…especially compared to the next, sweet strain of pot rolling out of the farms. Sure, the Democrats could place sin taxes on the vaping industry, but what’s the point? They wouldn’t make much money, and they would piss off Big Tobacco in the process – which would be political suicide.
So, we end up with Democratic lawmakers like Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and his co-senator from Vermont, Richard Blumenthal, two adversaries of the vaping industry who consistently attack vaping for causing e-cig explosions.
Never mind that it is the Chinese manufactured lithium ion batteries, not vaping technology itself, that is creating these safety issues. Democrats attack the entire industry because doing so benefits Big Tobacco and Big Pharma– and these people love to throw money into the Democrats’ re-election campaigns year after year. Once again, for the Dems, it’s always about the money!
Meanwhile, Republicans love vaping and essentially ‘don’t care’ about weed
Many in the vaping community feel a special bond with our friends in the legalized marijuana industries. Advocates of both groups have usually been very supportive of one another’s accomplishments and achievements regarding the advancement of their political agendas. But the two groups have very different political allies on Capitol Hill.
While the Dems tend to love weed and hate vaping, the GOP tends to take a somewhat opposite approach. Republicans love vaping and couldn’t care less about marijuana. Aside from the new Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his antiquated, 1950’s, Southern Republican sensibilities about weed in general, Republicans typically let the states pass any legislation that they please – even though a federal law makes marijuana illegal.
For example, Senator Ron Johnson is a Republican from the great state of Wisconsin. He also just happens to be the Senate Chair of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Among the vaping community, he is perhaps most beloved for his writing of multiple letters to the FDA demanding a repeal of the deeming regulations that threaten to wipe out a substantial portion of the U.S. vaping industry by 2018.
Then we have Republican Senators Cole and Bishop who are also huge political advocates of the vaping industry. These two political heavyweights are chiefly known as the creators of the Cole-Bishop Amendment which attempts to throw a sort of political lifeline to the U.S. vaping industry by redefining the predicate date of the FDA deeming regulations.
And let’s not forget the colorful Duncan Hunter, “The Vaping Congressman” from California who likes to pull out his trusty vape mod during congressional hearings. Hunter has also teamed up with Sen. Johnson in the past to write a letter to the newly elected Vice President Pence in December of 2013, demanding that he overturn the FDA deeming regulations immediately. We’re still waiting to hear back on that one.
Republicans have always hated Obama
Republicans, especially those in the age of Donald Trump, tend to detest federal regulations of almost any kind and regardless of the related industry. In the first 45 days of the Trump Administration, the GOP has successfully repealed Obama-implemented regulations that restrict the dumping of coal debris into our waterways, force the oil industry to disclose payments made to foreign governments, and prohibit a gas and oil pipeline from traveling through North Dakota. Sure, repealing some silly FDA deeming regulations is not outside of the realm of possibility?
The Republicans simply despise federal regulations of any kind because they stifle business and limit company profits. As a result, Donald Trump has essentially promised to repeal two old regulations for every new one passed in the future. The GOP may not really “love” vaping as much as they “hate” Obama and his governance-by-executive-order strategies. But for the U.S. vaping community, we’ll take all the love that we can get!
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