Tuesday, February 21, 2006

It was a bad idea then...it's a bad idea now!

This trial balloon needs to be popped not re-filled with helium.

I repeat...studies continue to show a link between obesity and socioeconomic status. Making poor people even poorer by taxing their food will only work because it will force them to go hungry.

This once again shows that you cannot just tax every social ill away. If you could, people would not drink, smoke, gamble, or get in car accidents.


J Calgary said...

This would be an administrative nightmare. How would one go about deciding what exactly is a bad food? Why not propose a tax break for fitness memberships/classes/nuritional counseling etc.?

Scott Hennig said...

Agreed about the administrative nightmare. White rice is one of the best examples. If eaten in moderation it is a very healthy food. If eaten every day, each meal it is turned into a sugar and can lead to Type 2 diabetes.

How do you decide whether to tax it or not?

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