I am really getting amused lately. I’ve been hearing rumors about the soft drink tax and the more I read the more I laugh. If the people thinking these things up are considered intelligent, give me strength.
This is another opinion piece and should be taken as such. Nothing is
written in stone yet, and if you add a few bucks to my opinion you can still buy a soft drink in some joints. Might want to hurry though before the price goes up.
At a time when soft drink sales are trying to work their way out of a 13 year slump some scientist has declared “soda is clearly one of the most harmful products in the food supply”. How long can it be before these junk science pushers are telling us it’s making America obese?
Some have heard one cent per ounce tax and think that isn’t bad. I think it is. It would add $1.44 more to the cost of a 12 pack of cans. How about the bottlers who have had to increase the price of their product to cover the rising cost of production? And the reason for this new tax? To pay for the Obama Health Care plan of course.
Once again the government figures they can get $17 billion a year from this tax and reduce our soft drink consumption by 13 percent. With the healthcare expected to cost $1.5 trillion over 10 years I’m left again with questions. Like what tax are they going to think up to cover the other $133 billion per year, not including interest. And if people do use less at their stated rate, in less than 8 years no tax would be coming in. Again,that means another tax to cover the tax that was supposed to cover health care.
I’ve said it before but people don’t mind us smokers getting taxed up the wazoo. Now that it looks like Coke and Pepsi are next will you be so understanding? Of course once they wean us off the dreaded deadly colas they will look for the next hazard. Could it be our red meat, hot dogs, fast food, or ice cream?
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