So, when Indian chiefs denounce the state's plan to collect taxes on their cigarettes as an act of war, one Indian nation takes the Governor to federal court to block tax collection, and the Governor predicts a violent "uprising" when the times comes to collect, what would you predict would happen on Indian reservations when nobody is looking? Is it that they would continue to sell untaxed cigarettes? Surely, you jest.

An undercover investigation into Long Island's Poospatuck reservation showed vendors selling dozens of cartons of cigarettes to an investigator claiming to be a man from Brooklyn looking to resell them. The investigator was offered cartons of Newports at $52 each; In the city, the same carton can go for $120. The two transactions caught on camera yielded 60 untaxed cartons, which cost the state $3,500. Check out the video below:

Under state law, Indian reservations are allowed to buy cigarettes untaxed for their own use, but anyone buying from them must pay $4.35 in state tax and another $1.50 if they're in the city. Bloomberg said, “These lawbreakers are robbing our tax coffers and making cigarettes cheaper and more attractive, especially to teenagers,” and accused them of aiding bootleggers. The video has reportedly inspired Bloomberg to escalate his campaign to collect $1 billion in back taxes from the state's reservations. "These are not victimless crimes - they have real costs to our economy, our health and our quality of life." But they do make the political climate ripe for cowboys and Indians metaphors.

Bloomberg blamed the state's economic problems on the sales, saying, "So when you read about the governor saying that he's going to lay off people, when you read about the city saying we can't afford a workforce this size, this is one of the reasons why we can't afford it." So is Bloomberg saying that to fund the state we should be buying cigarettes? Because if that's the case we might like to enjoy them in a park.