sin tax

  1. Fight against the soda tax

    Why sugar taxes don't work

    I don't know about you, but if there's anything that makes me madder than yet another new tax, it's a know-nothing government bureaucrat trying to tell me what to do.

    So maybe that's why taxes on sugary drinks tick me off so much.

    It's not that sugary drinks are good. They're downright awful, and they play a major role in obesity -- so when there's a push to add a 20 percent tax to sugary drinks, as there is right now over in the U.K., some people want to stand up and cheer.

    But hold your applause, because this isn't about making you healthy.

    It's been proven in studies that when sugary drinks are taxed, some soda drinkers just pay more, while others switch to sugar-free diet soft drinks. And studies have shown that diet soda drinkers have a HIGHER risk of obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes.

    How they're even allowed to call it "diet" is beyond me!

    The Nanny Staters pushing these taxes know all that as well as I do... so like I said, this isn't about your health.

    It's about CONTROL -- and when you let them tax sugar, you're giving THEM control over what YOU eat and drink. And while it might be something vile like sugar today, you know as well as I do it'll be something else tomorrow.

    It'll be the foods you love -- the foods you NEED for good health -- like steak, eggs, salt and butter, taxed right off your dinner table or even banned completely.

    That's why you need to contact your elected officials the moment any of these taxes, bans or restrictions appear on the agenda. Speak up, speak loud and speak against it -- even for something as awful as soda.

  2. '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.

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

    The nanny state movement is getting a big push from researchers who want to raise the price of "unhealthy" foods by at least 20 percent.
  4. 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.
  5. 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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