posted on Jul, 20 2012 @ 08:44 PM
What kind of logic is this?
Poor people cant afford healthy drinks, so the answer is to make the unhealthy ones expensive too? That doesn't solve anything.
How about they subsidize the cost of healthy food and drinks? That would actually help poor people. But it's obvious helping poor people isn't the
issue, it's just getting more tax revenue.
I'm on the fence about the idea of the government controlling what people on food stamps buy. On one hand I don't like government intrusion into
private affairs. On the other hand, people have invited the government into their private affairs when they sign up for food stamps, and the whole
idea of food stamps if to provide food for people that can't afford it.
If you are too poor to pay for your own food, then the people buying your food for you should have a say in what you are purchasing. If you use your
food stamps on soda, something with zero nutritional value, then it's a waste of money. If you can afford to waste your own money, more power to you,
but if you are begging for your fellow citizens to pay for your food, then you should only be buying things that are actually food, not soda.
If you are buying $20 steaks with food stamps, then obviously you don't need the food stamps. That $20 could easily provide healthy meals for one
person for a few days, or two people for one day. If you have enough extra food stamp money laying around to buy expensive food items, then you
obviously don't NEED food stamps, therefore should not be receiving them.
Taxes on things are never the answer. It accomplishes nothing but the state raping the wallets of the citizens so they have more money to blow on
things that aren't important. Why on earth I'm destroying my car's tires and suspension on horrible roads when the state can pay for stupid little
artsy fartsy statues all over the city is beyond me. Or why a median in a road needs to be turned into a miniature park with all sorts of expensive
fences and decorations, when the road it's on is falling apart. Hell we didn't even used to have an income tax. When it was introduced to pay for
the war it was supposed to be temporary. We all know how that turned out.
Long post and I'm kind of rambling, sorry. But basically I think it's a stupid idea. If the idea is to help poor people, taxing soda isn't going to
help. It's like their thought process is "Hey these people can't afford juice, so lets make it so they can't afford soda either!" It's just
plain stupid. So that leaves the only REAL reason for the tax, to rip off your standard citizens and get money to blow on garbage while the country's
infrastructure falls apart and the citizens can't afford to live.