Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Virginia smoking ban

The Virginia House of Delegates has approved a smoking ban that would cover most of the state's restaurants and many of its bars. Rural conservative lawmakers had long opposed such a law because it would impose on individual freedom in a way in which all of their anti-gay laws presumably do not.

Both pro-tobacco conservatives and pro-gay liberals could learn a lesson about being too quick to rely on big government. Any government that is powerful to restrict other people's liberty, even for what is supposedly their own good, is powerful enough to do the same to you.

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