fat tax

  1. 'Soda taxes' don't work

    Sin taxes don't lead to healthier choices

    You can tax people into poverty. But you sure as heck can't tax people into good health.

    Of course, the Nanny State is trying anyway with taxes on salt, fat and sugar, supposedly to force people to eat and drink better and lose weight.

    Yeah, right.

    This is really about raising cash, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. It sure as heck isn't about health, because every single study I've ever seen on this shows that these taxes DON'T WORK!

    When soda is taxed, for example, some people will just pay more for soda. Others will drink less soda, but one new study shows they don't swap their cola for carrot sticks.

    Nope, they just replace the empty calories in soda with different empty calories -- cheaper, untaxed empty calories, according to the study in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics.

    So what next? Tax those calories, too? You bet they will... and then it becomes a game of whack-a-mole. Or maybe tax-a-mole -- because the powers-that-be would have to keep taxing the "next bad thing" people turn to for cheap snacks.

    But forget whether or not this even works, because there's a much bigger problem here -- and that's the very idea that the government should be deciding what you should eat and drink, and PUNISHING you for making the wrong choices.

    Sure, today it's soda, which we can all agree is garbage.

    But mark my words: If they get away with this today, then tomorrow it'll be butter, cheese, milk, steak and all the GOOD foods they're already trying to stop you from eating.

    That's why it's critical to stand up for your right to eat and drink what you want now -- and when you hear about a "sin" tax of any kind coming to your community, speak up pronto.

    The time to stop this is NOW -- because if you wait, it'll be too late.

  2. Big Mother is at it again with new push for sin tax

    Freedom Friday: New push for sin taxes aims to hit you in the shopping cart

    Big Mother is at it again -- and since you won't willingly follow her bad advice, she's getting ready to make you pay the price.

    In the latest push for a "sin tax," Nanny State researchers claim the only way to get people to eat "healthy" foods is to force them to -- and the only way to force them to is to hit them right in the wallet.

    POW! Watch the price of everything you love rise by at least 20 percent.

    I'm not even exaggerating here -- according to the new study in Lancet, researchers claim sin taxes have to increase food prices by a minimum of 20 percent to make a dent in eating habits.

    They suggest starting with soda, since that's something we all can agree is bad.

    But that's just a sneaky way to get their foot in the door -- because the researchers even admit this isn't about soda.

    Once people accept the soda tax, it'll be easier to tax everything else -- and believe you me, it won't be long before they start taxing the steak right off your plate and the cream right out of your fridge.

    Don't believe me? Just look at the sin taxes already in place -- like the one unleashed on Denmark last year. It hit all saturated fats -- HEALTHY saturated fats -- and caused the price of butter, cheese, and other staples to shoot through the roof.

    But really, this isn't about picking the right or wrong "sins" to tax. It's the idea of taxing them at all -- because what business does the government have in your cupboard anyway?

    NONE!

    If there's any right more basic than the right to feed yourself and your family, I don't know what is. But that right is being taken away every day as communities across the country tax, restrict and even ban fat, salt, sugar, and more (and don't even get me started on booze and tobacco).

    You can bet this is only going to get worse in the coming years. It's time to grab your steak knife and fight back -- before it's too late.

  3. Health Nazis take control of France

    Just a week after Denmark unveiled its infamous "fat tax," France is announcing a "sin" tax of its own: a dime-a-liter surcharge on sugar-sweetened sodas.
  4. Why I 'sin' every day -- and you should, too

    One of the last freedoms you have left is the freedom to choose what's on your dinner plate tonight -- but get ready to stick a fork in that one.

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