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December 27, 2008

‘Soda tax’ not the answer

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.

Kevin Jones
Kansas City

Comments

devin

"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."

Uh, I believe that's what the "soda tax" is trying to accomplish. Unhealthy foods have a hidden cost associated with them, a cost that is often born by society at large. It would seem a tax on such behavior is a nice middle-ground solution that still allows people to make the choices they want while encouraging choices that will create the least cost to overall society. Of course, as a middle-ground solution it's sure to piss off extremists of all stripes...

NoMoreMrNiceGuy

This calls for a bling tax, we could pay of our national debt just from NFL and NBA players alone.

mianotkia

Demolition Man, a classic, Dennis Leary should have gotten the Oscar!

T. Hanson

You will get one merit for swearing.

Danny

Anyone thinking these kind of taxes are a good way for government to control us should watch the movie Demolition Man and see where our country goes if we try to create a healthy 'utopia' (didn't Hitler come up with that term?)

 
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