If you live in New York State and believe in freedom and personal responsibility, you probably go crazy when you see this stupid commercial every five seconds.
The commercial is from a group called The Alliance for a Healthier New York. This organization supports a soda tax to supposedly fight childhood obesity and to offset healthcare cuts.
First of all, I don’t think that adding “a few pennies to the cost of sugary drinks” will really stop anyone from drinking them. Sure…..I can splurge on a can of Pepsi for $1.50, but $1.53 is out of the question. Gimme a break!
No one should be fooled by this time tested proposal used by supporters of the Nanny State. Health is never the real issue – raising tax revenue to fund a perpetually growing government is.
The usual suspects have used this scheme effectively over the years with cigarettes. Last year Obama signed into law a 62 cent increase in the federal cigarette tax. At the same time NYC’s Super-Nanny, Michael Bloomberg signed into law yet another increase to the city’s cigarette tax pushing the total tax on a pack of cigarettes in NYC to $5.26 per pack. At anywhere between $8 to $10 per pack, the tax accounts for substantially more than half the price of the product. This money was supposed to go towards healthcare and hospitals as well, but surprise – surprise, our healthcare system is still immersed deep in red ink.
If this “soda tax” goes through it will just be the beginning. They will raise the tax every year or so in order to fuel the outrageous municipal spending that most politicians and many residents of New York are addicted to. They will also find numerous other food and beverage products to tax in the name of public health.
Should children be gulping down cans of soda? Probably not, but the children that they portray in the television spots aren’t even old enough to buy soda on their own. In most cases the parents purchase the soda and serve it to their children. It’s the responsibility of the parents to be educated and informed enough to know what’s good for their kids and what isn’t. It’s none of my business, it’s none of your business, and it’s not the business of some government bureaucrat! If the government truly believes that soda is dangerous to the health and wellbeing of children, why don’t they ban its consumption by minors? The answer is simple. You don’t raise revenue by banning products or behavior; you raise revenue by taxing products and behavior.
While I personally don’t drink much soda, (except once in a blue moon mixed with some Jim Beam) I reject phony Nanny State schemes to raise tax revenue at the expense of my freedom to decide what is best for me. I urge my fellow New Yorkers not to fall for this ploy. I urge them to finally draw a line in the sand and reject arbitrary taxation targeting our food and our behavior.
Enough is enough already!
For some truthful information about the soda tax please visit New Yorkers Against Unfair Taxes at nobevragetax.com