I think sure why not.....probably wont do any good but its worth a try. I know if I werent already on my journey having to pay more for something would def make me thinik twice. I think its a great idea! A swell as the cig tax and etc. :)
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#1...I think the name 'fat tax' is just disgusting--like being overweight isn't already bad enough. We are one of the few groups that it is openly acceptable to discriminate against.
I didn't get fat sucking down soda. I can thank pork chops, mashed potatoes and all that 'good food'.
We already pay sales tax on soda.
I don't believe that we should pay more taxes, because the government chooses to overspend.
We will not get healthier because of a tax hike. That has been proven by the cigarette taxes. Also did high gas prices stop us from driving our cars? No.
Where would it end? What would be taxed next? Movies, Computers, TVs, Cars, gaming systems, cell phones, video games and then food-- it's scary! There would be no end.
The governor should just tighten his belt and say no to some of the ridiculous spending that he approves. Aren't they shooting themselves in the foot w/ a struggling economy adding more taxes? ... that definitely does not make me want to go out and spend more money.
Edited by: WENDYSUE72 at: 4/15/2009 (17:47)
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I say if you are going to tax regular pop, tax all pop. Diet pop is bad for you too, it has all the additives that when consumed in high portions can mimic diseases such as M.S. There was a time when I was hooked on diet green tea, and I was getting really bad headaches after drinking it and was super addictive to it. I then started to research some of the ingredients and found out how bad those really long worded ingredients are. So I say yes, but then tax it all and put the money into something healthy!
I think it would be a good idea. And I think they should take it a step further and require all restaurants to post the calories of every menu item on the actual menu (not online that you have to wait until after you ate to see how bad the food is) or they would be the ones paying the "fat tax" as a penalty for contributing to unhealthy eating.
I can't believe I am down over 70 pounds since last year!
I think the country would raise a lot of money off of a "fat tax", but unfortunately, I don't think it will help the country get healthier. The tax on cigs can be pretty high depending on what state you live in, but I don't think it deters smokers one bit and lord knows food can be just as addictive!
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Oooh...this one is kind of touchy! I got it from Glamour magazine (I couldn't think of a question quickly so I googled "Question of the day" - LOL!). Here it is...
Do You Think There Should be a "Fat Tax"?
Last month, New York Governor David Patterson proposed a bold plan to close the $15 billion-dollar state deficit: Tax all non-diet soda by 18 percent. That means that in New York, a diet soda might cost $1, while a regular soda would go for $1.15.
The so-called "obesity tax" would be levied on top of existing taxes and would apply to non-diet sodas and fruit drinks containing less than 70 percent natural fruit juice. That last category covers several "-ades, punches and certain fruit nectars," according to the budget proposal. Bottled water, diet sodas, coffee, tea or milk would not be taxed.
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