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Posted on Jun 12, 2006
Fat Tax
From the Daily Mail

Members of the American Medical Association’s annual conference will call for a levy on the sweeteners put in sugary drinks to pay for a massive health education campaign.

Daily Mail:

Doctors will this week declare war on America’s soft drinks industry by calling for a ‘fat tax’ to combat the nation’s obesity epidemic.

Delegates at the powerful American Medical Association’s annual conference will demand a levy on the sweeteners put in sugary drinks to pay for a massive public health education campaign.

They will also call for the amount of salt added to burgers and processed foods to be halved.


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By DivaJean, June 13, 2006 at 9:49 am Link to this comment
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The problem is where the line is drawn for what gets taxed. This idea, in theory, would promote healthier food and eating habits- but who decides what is “junk?”

A diabetic having a hypoglycemia attack would certainly not need a tax on a candy bar that could be life saving.

Is white flour in & of itself poison? Is sugar? Why or why not? Would a cake mix be taxed? Or only Hostess dingdongs?

Then there would likely be those who skirt the laws and make big bucks. And I could tell you ahead of time- they’d likely be the very ones wanting the laws in place. If someone marketed a soda without sugar that you add plain sugar to, would that be taxed? Or just the sugar?  Why or why not?

Another hodgepodge of bureaucracy is all that would come of this- and politicians pockets lined with a whole new way to tax us or make money off us.

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By R. A. Earl, June 12, 2006 at 8:35 pm Link to this comment
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Our bodies are made to MOVE, do physical WORK, and eat grains, nuts, fruits, beans, vegetables, perhaps a little meat, and drink clean WATER.

Soft drinks, typical fast and other junk food are POISON and should all be labeled and treated as such. Taxing the hell out this crap… driving the cost of a can of Coke or a Big Mac to $10… is a great first step. However, PURE WATER should be FREE everywhere… even if the government needs to subsidize it 100%.

But all this is just a start… the epidemic will continue until the population gets off it’s fat ass and MOVES on it’s own two legs instead of cranking up gas-guzzling SUVs to drive to the corner store for another bag of chips and a package of smokes.

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