The Soda Tax

Well, are you happy now?

What do you mean, “What?” You know damn well what!

Did you see how much that 2 liter bottle of Coke cost? Did you? Answer me!

I’ll tell you how much it cost, $1.66. That’s right, the 99 cent bottle now cost me $1.66.

Do you know why? No? OK, I’ll tell you why.

It’s because you’re too goddamn fat! OK? You understand?

What are you doing? Crying? Well you better quit it right now, or I’ll give you something to cry about.

You see, all these years I’ve been telling you how bad for you soda is, you refused to listen. So now I’ve got to pay nearly twice as much for the same bottle of soda.

Oh, and did I mention it’s DIET SODA? That’s right, even those of us who are not fat have to pay the price.

Well, most of us. I mean if you’re poor and on food stamps, you don’t pay the tax, even though rate of obesity is disproportionately higher in the poor.

But, after all, they’re poor. Let the kids have their soda. What are you going to do, force them to drink water?

Now lucky for us, we live close to Lake County, so we only have to drive a few blocks to get our soda without tax, but the point has been made that if you don’t watch your diet, the government will do it for you.

Unless you’re poor, then you can eat and drink whatever you want.

Don’t worry about the hypertension and diabetes, we got you covered with Medicaid, for now.

And if that goes away, well, the rich doctors and hospitals can just treat you for free.

The soda tax.

To say it is for the public health is just plain stupid. If that were truly the case, then where’s the Oreo tax, the Edy’s tax, the Dorito’s tax?

If you want to claim that obesity is a public health epidemic (which it is), then tax all junk food. Triple or even quadruple the price.

Why not? You think the person who eats a sleeve of Oreos is going to slim right down because they didn’t have a Pepsi?

Obesity is a very serious problem in society, one that places a great strain on the health care system.

It is also a nearly intractable problem because of the availability of cheap, calorically dense foods.

Exercise will not cause you to lose weight. You must reduce intake.

I don’t have an issue with the soda tax, if they just were willing to call it what it is. A way to raise revenue.

Don’t listen to the “doctor’s” Bloomberg puts on the radio talking about how sad they are to see all these fat kids. Charging more for soda won’t fix the problem.

I don’t know what the solution is. I find it hard to fathom in this country with such ludicrous excess, we have children going hungry every night.

I also have lost faith that people are willing to take personal responsibility for their health, and at least make some effort to eat right.

In the end this tax is likely to be a bust. People will simply travel to stock up on their crap and the stores in Cook County will lose business and revenue will be less than expected and no one will become svelte.

So, stop with the bullshit that you’re trying to prevent obesity. If that were true then make things like chips, cookies and ice cream ineligible to be bought with food stamps. Make them much more expensive as well.

Force people to buy actual food.

Then, despite all the yelling and screaming you’d inevitably hear, maybe some of those people would actually lose weight.

In the meanwhile, whenever government claims they’re doing something for your own good-STAY SKEPTICAL!

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