“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserves neither liberty nor safety” is a quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin.
A state wide smoking ban was approved in vote by the Texas House of Representatives last Friday night. This bans smoking in all establishments and businesses in the state. Bars, restaurants, any kind of building fall under this power grab.
Power grab? Yes. The representatives voting in favor of this amendment are taking power away from private businesses and owners across the state. Who are they to tell anyone how to run a business? Who are they to limit choices for customers?
The smoking ban measure was offered as an amendment by Rep. Myra Crownover (R-Lake Dallas). She filed similar legislation for several sessions. The measure passed with a vote of 73-66. It still must make it through the Senate-House final negotiating process on SB 1811.
Did you see that information after the representative's name? Yes. Crownover is a Republican. As a Republican woman, this irks me the most. Democrats want to socially engineer human behavior, not Republicans. Democrats love to boost 'sin' taxes when they need additional revenue, whether it is adding taxes to tobacco or liquor sales or even adding more taxes to gas at the pump so drivers will cut back on driving their cars. Democrats are in the business of behavior modification, not Republicans.
Crownover added the amendment in a fiscal matters bill, SB 1811 (Amendment 53). She claims it will save the state millions of dollars in Medicaid costs.
Whatever the reasoning, it is wrong.
Reps. Gary Elkins (R-Houston) and Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) spoke eloquently Friday night of the principles of individual freedom in this country. Where did common sense go? Where did personal responsibility go? Where did treating adults as grown-ups go? We need less government finger wagging in our faces, not more.
Adults can make their own decisions, thank you very much.