Richard S. wrote:
So what's next? Red meat? What other foods deemed unhealthy will taxed, Snack Foods? Eggs? Dairy?
Are we all going to be eating tofu in 20 years.
This is a good question. On one hand I really hate to see taxes enacted to try to influence behavior since it generally doesn't work but on the other hand if they (Wash DC) are determined to pay for health care for everyone I want the chance to opt out of the tax to pay for it. Kinda like the lottery which I see as un-enforced taxation which I don't participate in. I say smoke if you want, drink if you want, eat all you want & exercise as little as you want, but don't ask me to pay for the consequences of your decisions.
I don't have a problem providing for health care for kids since they shouldn't be punished for the idiocy of their parents. (I would rather the parents have to pass a test prior to being able to procreate, but that a whole other can of worms!
) But when people, like some of my relatives, overeat themselves into diabetes, smoke themselves into emphysema, couch potato and snack themselves into 75 extra pounds and heart disease I really don't feel the desire to contribute to their health care by paying more taxes. I think penalizing the producers and consumers of the "snack" foods may be one way for me to opt out of paying for this national health care Wash DC seems determined to put into place. Since I choose to exercise & eat a fairly healthy diet (although I can kill a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos watching a baseball game) I am selfish enough to ask why doesn't the rest of the population do the same to lower their health care costs?
The tough question for me to get on board with this is how to decide the "bad" foods. You know how the "bad" food list changes from year to year - I forget - are eggs a good food or bad food at this point? And you know the list of bad foods will be determined more by the power of their lobby group than by the actual quality of the food. I am willing to be appointed the "FOOD CZAR" and make these tough decisions, although I have paid all my taxes through the years so that may dis-qualify me for the appointment. (Note....the previous statement is no way to be taken as politically partisan since in my mind both parties are equally corrupt!