RUSH LIMBAUGH: All this misses the point. What was Eric Garner [doing? He was selling cigarettes], loose cigarettes. And the police in New York, because they're so eager for tax collection, what is being done here with regard to taxes and the state's desire to collect them no matter what, how many cops were descended on that situation? For cigarettes. How many people smoking marijuana did the cops pass by and ignore on the way to Eric Garner?
You've got $13 a pack in New York City. Over $6 of that is taxes. And the authorities are telling the cops, you go out and you stop that because they're so intent on collecting tax revenue. I think the real outrage here is that an American died while the state is enforcing tax collection on cigarettes. This is just absurd.
And, you know, people talk about the left, they want a big state, they want a powerful state. Well, here it is. You've got to take all of it. If you want a powerful state, there's your police force acting on demands of the authority to go out and make sure that every dime of tax is collected particularly from tobacco. Look how we stigmatize tobacco. To the point it's so despised and reviled a guy loses his life selling single cigarettes in New York City. It's absurd.