US Government Proposes "Sugary-Food Tax" To Curb Obesity
Quote: "...the government approves of "lean meat" as compatible with healthy eating. The bill, introduced by Rep. Juan Candelaria, D-New Haven, would impose a tax of 1 cent per ounce on soft drinks - including sweetened teas, energy drinks and soda - and candies that are high in sugar and calories.
Americans should pay taxes on sugary sodas and snacks as a way to cut down on sweets, though they no longer need to worry about cholesterol, according to scientists helping to revamp dietary guidelines as U.S. obesity levels surge.
The recommendations Thursday from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee also call for Americans to reduce meat consumption and to take sustainability into account when dining.
The panel released its report as the Obama administration seeks ways to fight obesity, which now affects more than one-third of American adults and 17 percent of children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“What we’re calling for in the report in terms of innovation and bold new action in health care, in public health, at the community level, is what it’s going to take to try and make a dent on the epidemic of obesity,” committee chairwoman Barbara Millen of Millennium Prevention in Westwood, Massachusetts, said in a telephone interview.
Suggestions by the nonpartisan panel of academics and scientists helps shape school lunch menus and the $6 billion a year Women, Infants and Children program, which serves more than 8 million Americans buying groceries from retailers including Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Kroger Co. The recommendations were sent to the two agencies that later this year will issue the final guidelines that are used to create the government’s icon for healthy diets, currently a dinner-plate that replaced the widely used food pyramid.
“Higher sugar-sweetened beverage taxes may encourage consumers to reduce sugar-sweetened beverage consumption,” according to the advisory panel. “Using the revenues from the higher sugar-sweetened beverage taxes for nutrition health promotion efforts or to subsidize fruits and vegetables could have public health benefits.”
The document states that “lean meats can be a part of a healthy dietary pattern.”
“The food industry is frantic about the guidelines. They don’t want anything in there that says anything about eating less of their products. That’s their concern more than anything else.”.
This kind of crap gets discussed all the time here in Canada, since we have universal state-provided healthcare.
After all, the argument goes, since tax-payers are on the hook to pay for people who are careless with their health, it's only fair to extract more money via taxation from those unwilling to live a healthy lifestyle.
And, as us "smoke 'em if you got 'em" advocates pointed out back then, obesity has surpassed smoking as our number one health concern, so why don't we have taxes on Big Macs that makes buying one of these cultural delicacies set you back $12/burger? It's precisely the same logic.
Well, now it's you fat, lardass ninnies who couldn't help but break a sweat from your blubbering jowls as you complained about all of us irresponsible smokers (spits) who are gonna get your cellulite laden "I need two seats on an airplane" asses taxed into oblivion.
I'd say welcome to the club, but I don't think there's enough fat-acceptance in the clubhouse to make room for more than but one or two of you.
Rest assured, a one-cent per ounce tax on soft drinks is not much, but its purpose is to make a fat-tax legally and socially acceptable, and once it is just a normal part of buying food, it will be boosted to 10%, then 25%, and then, when they discover Americans are still too damn fat, they'll swing into doubling and tripling the price of a burger to solve your problems for you.
But really, the question "the people" ought to be asking is, if it is generally accepted that placing a "fat-tax" on junk-food will discourage people from eating unhealthy food, and doubling or tripling the price of a pack of smokes will encourage people to stop smoking... then what the hell does a progressive income tax, which penalizes you for working harder, do to the work habits of the people in the country as opposed to a flat tax or a consumption tax? Quite obviously, if a tax on burgers will cause people to reduce their consumption of unhealthy food, then doesn't it extend that a progressive income tax will also deter people from working harder? How about when the government dings a man to the tune of 50% or more of his net-worth and future earnings (upon pain of imprisonment) for the crime of attempting to be a husband and father? One would assume the government doesn't actually want us to get married and form stable families despite their constant rhetoric of being for "strong family values," wouldn't one?
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