This one needs a bit of set-up, unfortunately, if you didn’t pay close attention to the House debate this week on the cigarette tax. It happened on Monday, just as tobacco-growing North Carolina was poised to play that night for the NCAA championship. Rep. Jim Clark, R-Hayden Lake, the bill’s House sponsor, declared in his thunderous opening debate that if Idaho’s cigarette tax were to drop back down to 28 cents a pack – something the bill prevents – “I’ll be king of North Carolina tomorrow.” So here goes:
Jim Clark raised his voice on the floor
Said “cigarette taxes” once more
‘If they should decline
I’ll rule North Caroline’
So they passed it before he could score.