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Do you think the government should tax soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages? (Page 1)

176 comments

Anonymous wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

If you're worried about

If you're worried about paying tax on it, don't buy it.

... Just like you shouldn't be buying it in the first place.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

I think the government should

I think the government should subsidize healthier foods in order to encourage people to eat them. Part of the appeal of sugar sweetened beverages is that they are cheap: 89 cents for a liter-- bottled water isn't even that cheap. This is a significant part of the issue that is frequently left out of such discussions, which is why there's no resolution about what to do. Fast food is similar: people know it's not healthy, but then again, it's a sandwich side and a drink for about $4.00. Healthy food costs more-- and a big part of that is because the fed subsidizes the wrong things...

Anonymous wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Yes it should be taxed.

Yes it should be taxed. Someone has to pay for the medicial cost. We are killing ourself drinking this junk .it breaks down our body, we run to the doctors to receive drugs, that do additional hurt. Then we wonder what American are over weight, sickly, weak and unmotivated. It all that sugar that our bodies don't need. Treat sugary drinks like we treat cigarettes and cigar products. Don't let a few people be made rich by making us unwell.

Jeannette D.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

There isn't much left that

There isn't much left that the government isn't taxing or telling us what we can and can't do, EAT OR DRINK. They have alot more important things to be doing if they would only do what they were voted in to do. DO YOUR JOB GOVERNMENT AND STAY OUT MY POCKETS!

Anonymous wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

I am pleasantly surprised to

I am pleasantly surprised to find a modicum of common sense in these comments. I never ever touch the stuff, and I don't want it taxed. Government taxation is not your personal tool to make others do as you wish, even if you're right. And besides, fat people are already paying for fact that they drink sweetened beverages, what with being fat, sweaty, and diabetic. Why punish the few thin active folks who can enjoy it in moderation, all while setting the precedent that whatever the 51% desire can be forced on the 49% with government taxation? If you're a paleo eater, you're a fool if you don't think meat will be next. Want to skip a vaccine or two for you or your child? SCOTUS says we can tax you for it. How about a "dangerously useless remedy" tax on homeopathic medicine? No matter how accurate the label, it's still immoral.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

More regulation is less

More regulation is less freedom - not what my g-g-g-g-g-g-grandfather put his life on the line forl.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

No it has tax added already

No it has tax added already when we buy it.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

I agree government is taking

I agree government is taking away our rights little by little that soda tax is ridiculous. Let people decide what they want to do and eat and drink. Not the GOVERNMENT!!!!

Anonymous wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

Did you ever buy soda at the

Did you ever buy soda at the grocery store or at a drive thru? They are already taxed.
normal1andracefan

Anonymous wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

I agree with Michael_58. Not

I agree with Michael_58. Not only do I think it should be taxed, I don't think soda should be allowed to be purchased with food stamps. America is the fattest country going, tax that sh!t - if I have to pay taxes to smoke my cigarettes, others should for their "unhealthy" options which should include, alcohol, candy, soda and any other food that is considered JUNK. There needs to be some sort of penalties before we all end up looking like Jabba the Hut. Funny, those of you that posted anonymously disagree with the tax. If you knew how bad for you it is, and instead of taking it off the market (they'd never do that because it would cut from their pockets) so either way the government wins.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

No, I do not think they

No, I do not think they should tax sugar sodas or other sugar drinks! What a double standard. At least sugar is natural. Ask the government how much MSG under alias names they allow in our foods. MSG is addictive and makes us crave the products it is in, as well as all other foods. Look it up and do the research. It is not the governments responsibility to control our sugar intake. It is ours; all things should be in moderation. Yet we are being sabotaged even by supposed healthy food becaused MSG kills our saity senses. If the government controls that what else should they be allowed to control? We need to remember what our forefathers fought for; what would they think about this?

Anonymous wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

We came to this country to

We came to this country to flee Govenment control and now were voting on weather we want to give them more control over our lives? This is a no-brainer if you ask me. They need to stay out of our personal lives. Now, my belief is that the body is "Gods temple" and we should treat it as such. Freedom is such a fragile thing and can be lost all at once or it can be slowly chipped out of your life, witch is whats happening right now in America.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

Taxing unhealthy foods or

Taxing unhealthy foods or drinks is simply silly. We are a country based on the freedom to make our own decisions, even if they are wrong or hurt us. As far as costing the tax-payers more in health care, then we need to look at more taxes for alcohol, guns, bad drivers...the list could go on and on. Be healthy if you choose to be healthy. Respect the choices of those who disagree with you.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

Why shouldn't they.........

Why shouldn't they......... They take sugar out of diet products and charge more for them. I should know. I have 2 special diets in our family. I am diabetic and my husband has celic desese. So we always spend alot more on food than anyone else!!!!!

Anonymous wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

No. I find it odd we fought a

No. I find it odd we fought a revolutionary war over taxes and now, 200+ years later we are adding a tax to something everytime we turn around. Would it not be better to manage our resources more efficiently and stick to our budget rather than add a tax when government wants something else? NO NAME PLEASE.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

ABSOUTELY NOT--Big Brother

ABSOUTELY NOT--Big Brother Govt. has no business in our food preferences. They are trying to make us their robots; "OH, What can I eat today, Moochelle Antoinette, my queen?"

 
Michael_58 wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

Absolutely. Smoking has

Absolutely. Smoking has dramatically decreased in the US over the past few decades...from the Washington Post, based on data from the Center for Disease Control " Cigarette companies have been spending billions of dollars to offset tax increases and to discount their products, and funding has been cut sharply for several very successful state anti-smoking campaigns, she said." "The relatively unchanged price of cigarettes since 2002 is considered important, because more people stop smoking because of cost than for any other single reason. That is especially true of younger smokers."

If you tax unhealthy foods to use the funds for public education to change the culture of food in our country, we can reduce cancer, obesity, heart disease, diabetes, copd, strokes, etc. That is a legacy to leave our children. This does not impact our civil liberties as so many are quick to defend, it increases them. It would allow our country to spend less on fighting diseases that are a result of an affluent society that is over-consuming over-processed foods.

When taxes are based on goods, it is the fairest taxing policy that we have. Consider Mitt Romney's effective income tax rate being below 15% but most wage earners pay around 30%. If people don't want to pay a "sugar" tax, they shouldn't buy those foods. You have a choice to make the right decision, just like smoking. If you make the right decision, you will never notice the tax exists. If you make the wrong decisions, consider it to be a deposit on the health care that you will demand when you become sick.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

A government tax on beer and

A government tax on beer and other alcoholic beverages has not reduced their consumption. If the government needs money, they don't need to pretend that it is for the good of mankind.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

People should have enough

People should have enough common sense not to buy and or consume any of these sugary drinks and get your calories from healthy foods instead. We know what's good for us, we know to wear our helmets and seat-belts (among so many other bad habits) . I am disgusted by the government telling us what to eat and what to do. Should we be taxed? No, it's too much like "Big Brother is watching". We should accept and be accountable for our own good and BAD choices. Maybe insurance shouldn't cover bad life choices... I don't know. This country is becoming worse every day. It is sad and disappointing!

 
rosannahunt wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

well to do that they would

well to do that they would have to tax sugar also.

This is just another prime example of the government trying to push us around and take over what's left of our personal rights and choices.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

IF and only IF the government

IF and only IF the government was responsible with the money that is taken from us and our choices, I would absolutely be in favor of taxing products, including soda and sports drinks, that children can purchase on their own, without their parents approval. In regards to the proven detrimental affects of these products, recent medical research shows that 1 our of every 3 current first-graders will have diabetes in their lifetime, and the numbers are routinely increasing. Note that the majority of these cases will be Type 2 diabetes... ALMOST purely related to lifestyle of poor diet and lack of exercise. We are consuming more calories through drinks than ever before. We cannot assume that children will make the correct decisions for themselves, especially if parents aren't educated and being proactive in their home. While we love the freedoms we currently exercise, most of our nation participates in a culture of complacency, pure and simple. Money dictates many of our lifestyles, which directly impact our children due to the choices we can afford. In an ideal world, we would be investing much more money into farmers who would produce whole foods at a better price so it isn't so expensive to eat (and drink) healthfully.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

Not necessarily, but food

Not necessarily, but food stamps should not pay for these sugar laden drinks.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

Why bother to do that - Per

Why bother to do that - Per the Obama medical plan, they are trying to get rid of a whole bunch of us anyway, so this way, we drink and eat all that sugar and get cancer & diabetes & many other health problems and that helps them with their original plan - get rid of the elderly and the Americans and then the illegals will have the whole place to themselves. LOL. But then who will be paying any taxes at all to keep the country running??? Free everything for them, taxes for us on everything.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

I don't even drink soda or

I don't even drink soda or sugary beverages but I absolutely DO NOT want the government taxing them. I'd like them to stay out of my personal choices as much as constitutionally possible. Why on earth would anyone want them trying to sway their decisions?!? Are we so stupid that we can't make an educated choice without consequence (tax)? Taxing things will not stop unhealthy people from making unhealthy choices. If you think it will, you have much to learn.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

Lets tax the air we breathe

Lets tax the air we breathe too. What other non-sense can they tax us for ??

Anonymous wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

I am so tired of government

I am so tired of government trying to tell the people what and how to eat and drink. This is suppose to be

Free country one where individuals have a choice. We have too many people now telling everyone what
THEY. Should do about everything. It is time for others to mind their own business. If they cannot do this
They should keep themselves busy with helping the hungry and homeless. I would hope the American
people are so fed up with all the politicians that should vote them all out and start over.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

It is not the government's

It is not the government's job to police our eating/drinking habits. We are not robots or puppets. It is up to the adults to decide for themselves and up to the parents to monitor what their children eat and drink. Sugar is not the culprit - it is people not doing enough movement (exercise) kids sitting way too much in front of the computer. You can't tax or legislate what people eat/drink or how much exercise they do or do't do. You can't legislate/tax people thin--It is just like smoking or drinking too much-You know it is wrong, but you continue to get drunk or smoke. It is up to each individual-And I am not one of those thin people I am about 25lbs overweight - I've lost 40-- but am not doing what I need to do to lose the rest and get back to my daily exercise. I wonder if they will tax the sugar in alcohol drinks-what about ice cream, cup cakes, fruit roll ups, cereals, and all those specialty coffees, lattes, etc?
With all the waste in the gov't now-give it a break on the sugar-and get on to the business of running this country and getting it back on sound financial ground. Do you realize they have never passed a budget for this year yet? So, where do they find the time to pounce of stupid stuff?

 
_7457 wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

I dont think you can buy them

I dont think you can buy them with food stamps I think we should say what they can buy with money given to them for our children .I think we should help farmers so they can grow fruits and veggies cheeper

Anonymous wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

Why don't they just tax Mitt

Why don't they just tax Mitt Romney and his $86K tax deduction of his horse; probably get more out of it than the pennies they are looking for from soda drinkers! And...yes, is that another way for Government to team up with large corporations to stick it to the little guy! Why is it we don't really do what is right for people.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

You still have a choice to

You still have a choice to drink the soda or other sugary drinks. Are the numerous health problems that different from the health problems caused by alcohol? Alcohol is taxed.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

THIS IS JUST ANOTHER WAY FOR

THIS IS JUST ANOTHER WAY FOR OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS TO PAY FOR THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE, AT OUR EXPENSE. THEY DON'T EVEN HAVE TO PAY FOR PARKING, MUCH LESS HEALTH CARE. IF THEY ARE SO CONCERNED ABOUT "US" AVERAGE PEOPLE THEN LET THEM START PAYING FOR THEIR RETIREMENT, HEALTH CARE, AND ALL THE OTHER PERKS THEY RECIEVE. I HAVEN'T TAKEN EVEN ONE VACATION MUCH LESS ONE THAT COST MILLIONS OF OUR TAX DOLLARS PER DAY, WITH EVERY PERSON IN MY PERSONAL EMPLOY WHO ARE ALSO PAID WITH OUR TAX DOLLARS. OR HAVE MY DOG FLOWN IN A PRIVATE JET SO THAT MY GIRLS COULD PLAY WITH HIM. IT JUST MAKES ME SICK TO KNOW THAT THERE ARE OTHER MOTHERS LIKE MYSELF WHO ARE FACING THE POSSIBILITY OF THAT "BIG C" SURGERY ON OUR CHILD THAT CANNOT BE FLOWN TO THE VERY BEST SURGEONS IN THE WORLD AND MAY EVEN NOT BE ABLE TO EVEN AFFORD A WHEELCHAIR MUCH LESS A JET! WHEN WE ALLOW SOMEONE TO TRY TOTAKE GOD OUT OF OUR LIVES, SHAME ON US!

Anonymous wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

No!

No!

Anonymous wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

I agree totally with the

I agree totally with the person on the soapbox and with many of the comments! Government officials have to Stop trying to make up healthy reasons as excuses for taxing the middle class! Our liberty is being taken away little by little. People do not even realize it's happening! Wake up people! Stop voting these people into office...and if you don't Vote start now!

Anonymous wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

While I feel the government

While I feel the government is too involved in so many ways, and the middle class is bearing the brunt of taxes, I do feel sodas should be taxed because alcohol is. The amount of sugars in sodas can be just as damaging to the body. And not just the sugar, but the sodium. I also agree that people really need education and healthy foods should be highlighted on tv/radio/internet - maybe tax dollars could be spent to do this?

Anonymous wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

People that drink lots of

People that drink lots of sweetened drinks are more likely to have health problems due to diabetes, obesity, and generally bad eating habits. Because of this, they will need more health care, which is paid for in part by the government. Soda and other sweetened beverages should be taxed because they lead to higher medical bills

Anonymous wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

Some of us are intolerant to

Some of us are intolerant to artificial sweeteners. I just spent the last three years of my life being treated for IBS and SBS. I was taking meds three times a day and they really weren't working very well. I began reading about gluten intolerance, which led to sucralose (Splenda) intolerance. The very first time I didn't put Splenda in my coffee I noticed a difference. I have been off the Splends AND my IBS/ SBS meds for over a week now and feel fantastic.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

Absolutely not. The

Absolutely not. The government is encroaching slowly but surely into our everyday lives and freedoms. The mayor of New York City is involved in mother's breast feeding for pete's sake.

If the government wants to help then quit abusing their positions. Their job description is to serve this country, not themselves or large business or under the table deals with special interest groups and unending all around greed. I will be more than happy to put them on my budget.

The financial savings would be enormous if our government truly served their people. It's basically our fault because we let them get away with it. The rich and powerful know that if you keep your people poor and ignorant you gain more and more power . We are headed in that direction. Think about how bad our education system has become and getting worse. Our government does nothing but talk about it and cut funding for education over and over. They sure find money for other things but not educating our citizens. I will leap off my soapbox now.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

Since the government did not

Since the government did not sponsor the addition of so much sugar to soda, then, why should they tax it. The goverment should warn people about highly sweetened soft drinks, AND, artificial sweeteners. The government should advise people to protect themselves against these food items by not consuming them; because, most of "us" didn't get the memo !! By the way, most states already tax food items anyway; don't they??

 
mbradshaw1 wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

No they should not. What

No they should not. What they should be doing is educating people on a healthy diet. I also believe that the manufacturers should be forced to produce healthier products and taxed for NOT doing it, healthier products, lower taxes. That includes using sustainable/recyclable packaging. Therefore, less health care costs, etc. The people benefit all the ways.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

I think it will just be

I think it will just be another way the government will make money from companies and in a place like south Africa where bribery and corruption seems the norm I don't feel the money would be put to good use anyway. We all have the freedom to choose what we want to eat and will just have to wake up and realize that our health and educating our kids to eat correctly, lies in our own hands.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

I think the government should

I think the government should stay out of our private lives and let us make our own choices. We are losing our freedoms people, open your eyes and lets stop this before we become a socialist country.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

No. It's ridiculous. The

No. It's ridiculous. The government has enough to do and, in general, does it dreadfully. People are responsible for themselves, their children, and the decisions they make. Unfortunately, health care for the growing population of the obese falls on all of us.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

NO...the government's

NO...the government's involvement in things is getting totally out of hand. We are a free country that should be allowed to make its own decisions without being penalized and that includes what we we consume. If sodas and other items are taxed because they are deemed unhealthy, where does it end? Will televisions be taxed next since it lends itself to the "couch potato"? I completely agree with weggy 485, the government needs to stay out of our business and focus on their may responsibilities.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

For crying out loud, this

For crying out loud, this USED to be a free country! You can't stop people from unhealthy behaviors by taxing them. And, as an above comment points out, sugar is NOT the only cause of obesity. I completely agree with weggy485_1!

Anonymous wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

No. being over weight is not

No. being over weight is not all about sugar! Its also caused by over eating healthy foods as well, bread, & statchy foods. Its also about not moving! Or being a couch potato. The schools dont help, physical education has been limited too an avg of 3 times a week. The government needs to concentrate on educating people in making healthy choices. Food is expensive enough.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

Do they really think taxing

Do they really think taxing soda will stop people from buying them? Does it stop people from buying cigarettes or alcohol? No. And I don't believe these things are taxed because they are bad for us ... they tax them to obtain more money! They tell us they want to tax soda and high sugar content foods because it will help stop obesity in children and adults but they don't give a rat's ass if it will or not. They just want more money in the coffers. We as a nation, we are so damn gullible as to what the government tells us. I do believe it should not be served in schools as part of the lunch programs. And the menu's needs to be revised. More veggies, fruits and less pasta, tomato sause filled/soaked foods. Whole wheat type bread rather than while 'balloon' bread. Go back to the basics.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

A good point was made.

A good point was made. Considering sugar is a filler, then not only sugar sodas should be taxed. Everything with sugar should be taxed.
Instead of adding a tax, why not simply end the sugar subsidies. Our federal government will find other areas to waste that tax money on. Naturally, food prices will go up. But if someone is willing to spend the extra money on a soda, then they will have excercised their right to spend their money as they wish.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

If they tax sodas and other

If they tax sodas and other sugared drinks, then they should tax candy, cookies, pastries, ice cream and any other sweet treats. What's the difference? Where would it end? All can be bought with Food Stamps, they all can be purchased though vending machines and I don't think one thing is any worse than the others. I think it is the grown-ups responsibility what they themselves and their families eat. I think the Government should be involved in only so much of people day to day lives and I think this would be crossing the line in a big way.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

It is true irony of history

It is true irony of history that a nation that fought for it's freedom from a an oppressive British government is now taxed by itself at a rate well over that of which is fought a war of freedom over. King George's taxation rate would look pretty good right about now. The American Nanny State will continue to encroach on our freedoms unless we stand up and say, "No More!" I fear more loss of freedom under the rubric of government protection is in our future. This is only the beginning. Prepare to Hail Caesar . . .

Anonymous wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

Yes. People can get soda with

Yes. People can get soda with food stamps and there is a growing amount of obesety in kids. If all parents had to pay something they might think twice about giving their kids soda 24/7. When I was growing up it was a treat. And at 58 I still love milk!! and don't drink soda.

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