Tax on Soda

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Last Updated on May 20, 2015 by Chef Mireille

I live in NY state and my state has been in a fiscal crisis and one way the governor has proposed to raise funds is to start charging tax on soda and other beverages that have sugar added.  In the past few weeks, we have been inundated with advertisements in opposition to this tax.  The commercial has a mother talking about how hard it is to feed her family and how unfair this tax is to hard working, middle class families.  What’s wrong with water, milk and natural fruit juice?  Soda is NOT a necessity to rear healthy children.  Instead, it contributes to diabetic, overweight children.  When I was a child, soda was a treat we had once in a while.  It was not something my mother purchased on a weekly basis.  If I had soda once a month, that was a lot.

I, for one, am 100% in support of this tax.  Soda and sugared drinks have absolutely no nutritional value, whatsoever.  It is not milk, water or natural fruit juice that the governor is taxing.  It is a toxic bottle of sugar and chemicals.  Now don’t get me wrong – I drink soda and I love the taste of soda, however, I am fully aware of the evil I am putting into my body and willing to pay a tax for it.  Hopefully, it will make me drink it less, as I should.  In addition, people who drink soda in large quantities on a regular basis usually develop diabetes and other health issues.  They are major contributors to the national healthcare costs.

As healthcare is moving towards government regulation, our tax dollars will be going towards a national healthcare plan, so it is very much my business what other people put into their mouths.  If the nation’s tax dollars are going towards everyone’s healthcare costs, people who choose to put unhealthy things like soda into their bodies, should pay a tax.

This is my opinion.  Please comment.   I would love to know your opinions.

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