Just when you think the federal government has overreached
all it can … Ah, you know the rest.
of the latest edicts involves public housing projects, where the feds propose
that indoor smoking be prohibited. The first push began in 2009, and 600+
agencies accounting for 200,000+ households have signed on. The feds cite
secondhand smoke, reducing the risk of fires and lowering maintenance costs.
(From the looks of most projects, maintenance costs go straight into the
pockets of political cronies.)
The New York Times cautiously sent a reporter out and
(imagine this!) found a smoker at Walt Whitman Houses in the Fort Greene
section of Brooklyn.
maybe it will come to that. Some PC types currently whimpering on college
campuses are rendering themselves largely unemployable, so perhaps they can
find jobs with the Federal Smoke Police. They can sniff around like Smokey Bear
(ignoring crack pipes and marijuana, of course).