Friday, August 27, 2010

Putting the "Empire" in the Empire State

"Gov. David A. Paterson renewed his pledge today to start collecting taxes on cigarettes sold by Native Americans and acknowledged that 'violence and death' could result from his actions" — Governor vows to stand firm on collecting tax on Indian cigarettes.

(My homestate is one of the few in the East with a sizable Indian population. I grew up near three reservations and went to pow-wows. My father, a four-pack-a-day smoker at the time, bought his cigarettes from Smokin Joe's Trading Post.)

Back to the story, the Great Black Father in Albany "said the state is moving ahead with its controversial plan to start collecting a $4.35-a-pack sales tax Wednesday on Indian cigarettes sold to non-Indian customers." Think about that. Are we a territorial republic, were laws apply to specific geographic areas, or are we a racial democracy, where laws apply to specific groups of people? What this amounts to the State forcing discrimination against non-Indians on Indian lands.

Notice also the cartel that wants the mailed fist of the State to crush these Indian businesses: "a statewide business coalition held a news conference Thursday in downtown Buffalo, calling on state leaders to stick to the collection game plan."

Seneca Nation President Barry E. Snyder Sr. [no relation] was quoted as saying that state leaders just "don't get it." A majority of the fine people of my homestate, in contrast, do get it: "more than two-thirds of the state's voters think governments should honor Indian treaties, including one that bars state taxation of businesses on reservations."

Visit this website — Honor Indian Treaties.

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