I don’t talk about politics on my blog, but it’s not because I don’t have opinions. 😉 It’s one of my favorite topics, but sharing my views could complicate my work situation so I stay away from it. Today I’ve decided to share my thoughts on the proposed soda tax here in New York.
I don’t drink soda. I work too hard to lose weight to drink hundreds of calories per day. And I don’t drink diet sodas because replacing garbage with garbage doesn’t seem like a good solution to me either. But I’m a little aggravated about the proposed soda tax that New York is considering.
Mayor Boomberg and Governor Patterson would like to add one cent per ounce as a soda tax which would, in theory, “lower the 7.2 billion dollars that the state spends every year to treat obesity.” Philadelphia has proposed a 2 cent increase per ounce which would raise the price of a 12-pack of sodas by $2.88.
Even after losing 90 pounds, I’m still considered obese. And neither the state or national government is paying for any of my health care. For the record, I’d like to keep it that way.
If you walk by me on your way to work or while you’re out shopping you will never see me drinking a coke or Dr. Pepper. I don’t even drink coffee. But if you walk one block, I am confident that you’ll see overweight folks and many who are by no means overweight drinking sodas.
The problem I have with taxing the hell out of sodas isn’t the money because I don’t drink the stuff. It’s the fact that they’re willing to tax something simply because it makes people fat. And if they can tax sodas because “they want to help curb obesity” then they’ll eventually consider taxing things like chocolate bars or potato chips or birthday cakes.
I don’t eat any of the above on a regular basis, but I don’t believe that it’s okay for the government to seize control of our choices by raising prices. It’s un-American, and I don’t like it.
You don’t have to agree with me, but I’m curious to hear your thoughts on the subject. While it may not be an issue in your area today, remember that New York tends to set the trend for other states so it could be an issue later.
Do you think it’s okay for the state government to tax foods and/or drinks that are linked to obesity? If so, why?
And the winner of the Trader Joe’s Giveaway is #8 – Julie who is Rockin’ The Country! Congrats Julie. Please send e-mail me with a mailing address so I can send the prize upon my return from vacation next week!
And because it’s fun to give things away, I’ve decided to give a second Trader Joe’s prize. And it goes to #12 – Becca, my favorite Texas Darling! Becca, you’ll receive a little surprise package from Trader Joe’s as well containing a few of my favorite treats.
Thanks to everyone who participated! I wish I could share these items with all of you so I’ll do another giveaway soon!