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  •  which funds criminal enterprises via.... (1+ / 0-)
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    .... cigarette smuggling.

    Really now.  If you can buy 'em for let's say $10 a carton in one state, and load up the trunk of your car with a few hundred bucks worth, and sell 'em for double your money in another state, why not do it?  You can pay for your vacation that way!

    And if the small fry can do that, you'd better believe organized crime is doing it by the trailer truck load.  

    Which in the end just deprives the state of tax revenue while fattening up organized crime.  

    Is that what you want?

    Or do you want to try to stamp it out by ratcheting up the surveillance and start requiring internal passports and vehicle searches to cross state lines?

    Yeah, why don't we bring back alcohol prohibition while we're at it?, that'll make all the surveillance even more worthwhile and catch even more people at the same time!  Wow, wonders never cease!

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