obviously, taxing snacks isn't the be all and end all of solutions. the suggestion in the link doesn't provide the ultimate answer, but it's a beginning. furthermore, it's not going to solve the problem for everyone since people are fat for a variety of reasons. i was mostly thinking about people who live in less affluent/lower income areas who subsist off of fast food and high sugar foods 24/7 because it's the cheapest alternative.
Here's a scary thought. The snacks could be HIGHER than last year at the concession stands inside Staples.
About the only thing I ever buy at a game is a soda or beer, maybe a burger if I'm sitting in the Premier seats and get hungry during the game. That way some wench can bring it to me and I don't miss the game or have to deal with lines. Then again, the walk there and back might be good for me. :dwarf:
How about the government cranks up the printing press again and gives cash back to lard asses who go out and buy exercise equipment?
We get that in Idaho, all food is taxed at 6% along with everything else, we do get a $30 credit off the income tax. (so our first $500 of food is not taxed)Quote:
You're right. I say we tax the s*it out of food in general. Anything edible gets hammered. That way the fat bastards will pay through the nose for not controlling their intake.
Some of us do control our food intake, do not eat a lot of "crap" food, have a peanut butter cup maybe once a week, are unable to do a lot of exercise due to serious back and knee problems (two knee replacements due to degenerative arthritis). Yes, some of us do have a weight problem, not due to any of the above listed habits. Yes, I do get offended at being called "lard ass", "fatty" and various other names.
I have several issues with "sin taxes," such as gas, alcohol. tobacco, and junk food.
1) Within 2 years, the money starts being used to fund things other than what it was intended to when first announced.
2) They fail terribly at behavior modification for people above a certain income level. A lot of people still drive SUVs, and some will still be overweight from fancy ass desserts every day.
3) State and local govts become as addicted to the revenue as people are to the vice being taxed. As a result, the budget people never figure out that when people stop buying Snickers or Bud or Sunoco, the incoming revenue goes down, not up. They came to the stark realization that even though people are driving 5-10% fewer miles, most drivers still expect to get 100% across the bridges.
This will do nothing but tax the poor.