I would call the proposed “soda tax” a setback rather than a “breakthrough.” Nicholas Kristof (12/21, Opinion) simply does not contemplate the consequences of such a tax.
How does it further accountability to allow those who mismanage governmental entities to cover up their mistakes (such as a $400 million “hole” in the state budget) by imposing an additional burden on citizens?
And why does Mr. Kristof think it is all right for the government to influence consumption habits through taxation?
Singling out soda for taxation merely because it is a “contributor” to obesity seems a bit arbitrary. What about bacon? What about french fries?
A tax such as that proposed in New York leads to a slippery slope ending with governmental overreaching.
People should be able to make a choice about the foods and drinks they consume. It is not within the government’s province to determine that for them.
There is nothing wrong with the fact that people like to eat cheeseburgers — they taste good.
The problem of obesity lies with consumers not understanding the effects of certain foods on their health. Addressing that issue would gain the most ground on the obesity front.