Do you think the government should tax soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages? (Comments & Reviews)


I believe sugar shouldn't be taxed because people will loose business


05/22/2016 - 10:28pm

I don't think that they should be a tax on sugary drinks because how many kids want sugary drinks for their birthday party? The kids would be crushed if they couldn't have sugary drinks at their party. Then the parents have to go and spend alot of money to get the drink, Its then not fair to the parents because they have to spend alot of money on the drink.


04/02/2016 - 11:41pm

the government has no right to choose what Americans can eat. If obesity was such a problem why do they still make the junk food?


03/31/2015 - 4:41pm

I think this is rediculas because there should not be a sugar tax.


03/26/2015 - 1:46pm

Tax it, the government does not care what you drink. Maybe if we taxed the 1 percent, took corporate money out of politics, and brought jobs back to the USA we would not need to look at more taxes on the middle class. You do not have to drink soda.


09/18/2012 - 3:26pm

wow really. why is this even an issue? the government is already in the citizens business way too much now. By allowing another tax the government wants our money, they have already proven that they can't handle a budget. So hey why don't we find something to tax. the government can't handle the money they have. OH But let any one of the citizens not pay their bill on time and we get socked with a late fee and other crap. No more money.


09/17/2012 - 1:50am

Government should encourage programs, education that teaches us how to be more proactive about our own health i.e., such as the fitness programs of 60s and 70s. It needs to begin at home and definitely with school children such as the Michelle Obama program with school lunches. What about nutrition classes taught very early in elementary school that teach kids to read labels, what things such as sodium, carbohydrates, sugars, protein and calories, to look for. This discipline dovetails with others such as physical education, mathematics, science, English, etc. Neither or intellect or or physiology stand alone. By the way, when I went to elementary school in Illinois, physical education was an annually required class every year grades 1 through 12! Be innovative - Florida schools included golf, tennis and archery along with the typical baseball, basketball and gymnastics. Children who feel better health-wise and appearance-wise will carry that into all areas of their lives including home. Many disciplines have been lost from our schools and homes. We need to restore it in interesting, riveting ways. Our children are bright, capable and care about themselves unless we teach them not to. We do not need MORE government regulation, just oversight and encouragement, and funding in appropriate areas.

Cathy in MN


09/14/2012 - 9:12am

I do not think the Government should because I feel it is my business what my family drinks or eats.


09/13/2012 - 4:44pm

I agree that soda and sugary drinks are horrible for you and are contributing to the obesity problem. While I personally don't mind it since I don't have a desire for them, I know very well that the food most available and accessible to low income and mid income populations is unhealthy, soda being one of them. However, even though a tax might deter some people, if you want to create wide change, two things are necessary:

1. Instead of punishing undesirable behavior, reward good behavior. Make it rewarding for people to eat and live healthy by making good food and exercise more affordable and accessible. A salad should not be more expensive than a quarter pounder.
2. Hold all of these companies accountable for poisoning us and our future generations! Why not tax the hell out of them for loading food with sugar, salt, preservatives, GMOs and various chemicals?! If they're products are expensive because of the government imposed tax, people won't be able to buy it.


09/13/2012 - 3:35pm

I'm a little torn here... It's true that the inexpensive nature of soft drinks like soda increases consumption among impoverished demographics (people who are already at higher risk of obesity-related disease and malnutrition.)

Obesity affects everyone... obesity-related disease is the number one killer of americans and is costing all of us in health care expenses. I think we need to find a way to make it so the cheapest snacks aren't the most unhealthy. I would probably be buying cheap, tasty, convenient foods like coke and twinkies too if I didn't have the education or income to allow me otherwise.

The reason sugar is being targeted is because sugar-sweetened beverages are so very common still and they provide excessive numbers of calories without providing ANY nutrients or feelings of satiety. They are literally the single most empty calories you can find. The only reason I'm torn about the idea of taxing these items is because of how poorly it's working for the government to subsidize things like corn and soy (making it more expensive for farmers to grow other fruits/veggie crops.)

I really hope I can soon say otherwise, but I don't trust the government right now to know how to properly feed america.


09/12/2012 - 9:36am

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