From foie gras to high-calorie fast food, what’s bad for you has been good for anyone in the business of legal busywork. Now New York City’s health commissioner, Dr. Thomas R. Frieden—whom you may know from such bans as salt and trans fats—is looking at the devil known as soda. He wants to tax it, claiming that charging a higher price for the sugary drink will help fight obesity. But doesn’t reinstating recess, gym class, and healthy school lunches do that? I mean, is it our waistlines or our wallets Frieden really wants to reduce? The proposed tax could “raise $1.2 billion a year in New York State alone,” notes the New York Times.
I for one am tired of legislators targeting items that are legal and unregulated and then penalizing consumers of those items by adding on punitive taxes to help bridge the budget gap, all in the name of our “health.” And frankly, you can’t legislate common sense. If you could, would this bacon abomination exist?