Finding cheap cigarettes these days has become almost impossible. Federal and state governments have piled on new taxes after taxes raising the price of cigarettes far beyond their true value. The most recent Obama cigarette tax raised the price of a pack of cigarettes to more than a gallon of gasoline. So much for his promise to not raise taxes on lower and middle class Americans.
Category: Cigarette Prices
Generally, price fixing is illegal, but it is tolerated and even sanctioned by government when it’s in their best financial interest. In the United States, if the price fixing is not politically correct, it can be prosecuted as a criminal felony offense under section 1 of the Sherman Antitrust Act.
Apparently, under U.S. law, price fixing is only illegal if it is intentional and comes about via communication or agreement between firms or individuals, not the government.
If it were anybody other than the State of Washington (or other state government) doing this sort of price fixing, they would be sitting in jail. How is it that “We The People” allow these state governments to ply their corruption and steal more of our money?