Whats the purpose of this? As far as I see it, it is just another way for the gov. to take our money again.
09/06/2012 - 1:50pm
Taxes are just a money grab. No one knows where the money is spent, and it usually isn't spent to fix what it is collected for. People have a brain and a choice and we are responsible for that choice. NOT everything is good for everyone and not everything is bad for everyone. We are becoming robotic enough through legislation, laws, computers, etc. Few people think for themselves anymore. More legislation is not the answer.
09/06/2012 - 11:17am
It all comes back around to the Health Care Debate. The tax on these unhealthy drinks will be invested back into preventive health care. Diabetes and other diseases have been proven to cause Diabetes and other health related conditions caused by the consumption of sugary drinks. Taxes could also be put back into Healthy Food Programs for our schools, subsides for fruits and Vegetables to encourage healthy eating in all households across the United states. Some of us think that the Insurance Companies should be the ones to impose a surcharge, but how will they be able to prove what you drink or eat. This creates another problem for the preexisting conditions debate. The only way is, as mentioned above, is to add a few cents to each sugary drink. People will still have a chose, but will have to pay a little more.
09/06/2012 - 11:06am
Wow why do we ALLOW manufacturer to make things that harm people? You are unbelievably ignorant! Shall we FORCE manufacturers to stop making cars, trains, planes, buses, sugar, bicycles, pools, knives, baseball bats, guns, anything that anyone MIGHT be allergic to and die from, etc.? You get the picture don't you? Absolutely anything can be harmful and can kill you! How about we throw some REAL money on keeping criminals off the street? Jailing wife beaters, child abusers, stalkers, drug dealers! When the government steps this deeply into our lives it is UNCONSTITUTIONAL!!!!!!! They have NO right to tell me how to treat my own body! The last time I checked this was the United States, HOME OF THE FREE! I would much rather have the freedom to kill my own body (I don't as I am a pretty healthy person and care about myself) than have the government once again (can we all say FORCED Health Care plan?) shove their idea of a "perfect" lifestyle down my throat! Your body is your business and my body is MINE! The government SHALL NOT take away the LAST thing that is mine to do with as I choose!
09/06/2012 - 8:20am
At first I said "yes", and then again I said "no". For the time we live in with numerous information on nutrition and our health that is so easily available, why should others be responsible for people who refuse to be responsible for their OWN health. Let them spend their money on these unhealthy food and bear the result. Paying more to the dentists for rotting teeth, paying more to doctors who just keep patching them until they can get their hands on more of these unhealthy foods. Who should be taxed are the adults who do not take responsibity for their children's health by passing on unhealthy habits
09/05/2012 - 6:54pm
They already have their dirty hands too far into our daily affairs. Screw the government.
09/05/2012 - 1:28pm
TAX THE HUGE CORPORATIONS WHO MANUFACTURE THE SODA- NOT THE MEDIA-BLITZED, COMMERCIALLY HYPNOTIZED CONSUMER- THE SAME GOES FOR CIGARETTES, ALCOHOL, ETC.
WHY DO WE ALLOW WEALTHY MANUFACTURERS TO CONTINUALLY MAKE PRODUCTS THAT HARM AND KILL PEOPLE- YES, WE HAVE FREE-WILL, BUT WHY ARE BILLIONS SPENT ON ADVERTISING??? BECAUSE IT INFLUENCES OUR CHOICES. IF THOSE SAME BILLIONS WERE USED TO EDUCATE THE CONSUMER ON HEALTHY FOODS AND BEVERAGES WE WOULDN'T HAVE THE HEALTH CRISIS (CANCER, DIABETES, HEART ATTACKS, OBESITY, ETC.) AMERICA IS EXPERIENCING TODAY. SINCE WHEN DOES MONEY MEAN MORE THAN PEOPLE ???? RR
09/05/2012 - 12:45pm
What was the proposal? Just sugary beverages? So they do this and in turn encourage us to purchase diet beverages. Once they discover how everyone has cancer from fake sugar they will start taxing that. And so it goes on and on.
09/05/2012 - 10:31am
The government needs to cut back on taxes. We cant even afford things as it is. Cut back on government spending and government programs. Let private industry take care of it.
09/04/2012 - 3:46pm
No, I think the government should get the hell out of my life and stop spending my money!