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Old 06-18-2009, 05:56 AM   #1
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Just like I predicted.....



First they came for your cigs...

A push for new taxes on soda, beer and wine to help pay for Americans' health care is stirring up more than just the beverage industry.

The Senate Finance Committee is considering raising taxes on alcohol and imposing a new levy on soda and other naturally sweetened drinks, on which there is no federal tax, to help pay for overhauling health care. The committee calls them "lifestyle tax proposals," saying the levies would slow sales of unhealthy products that contribute to rising medical costs.

http://www2.tbo.com/content/2009/jun...o-your-health/

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Old 06-18-2009, 06:34 AM   #2
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Well, taxing beer and soda...hey, if they're going to tax the hell out of cigarettes to "pay for health care," why not beer and wine? After all, a hell of a lot more people who drink get on the road and kill people than people who smoke.

As for soda, I don't drink much of it anyway.

Still though, it was just a matter of time before this was proposed, because all the government knows how to do is TAX, TAX, TAX.
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Old 06-18-2009, 07:12 AM   #3
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The committee calls them "lifestyle tax proposals," saying the levies would slow sales of unhealthy products that contribute to rising medical costs.
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Yeah because the taxes on cigarettes and alcohol have slowed the consumption rate.

Why is it the people who are suppose to be smart enough to do what's right for the average person in this country can't get their head out of their arse long enough to fix the problems they've created!
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Old 06-18-2009, 08:36 AM   #4
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These are band aids.

Thanks to everyone who voted for quasi socialists. I knew as soon as Obama was elected that the Dems/Libs would get drunk with spending. Our country is out of control right now....

Can we have fiscal conservatives back, please???? (And I don't mean GWB)
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This is an exciting time in America aint it?? We are gonna pay taxes on going to the bathroom to drop the Obamas off at the pool before long.
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The worst problem is that these taxes are, by their very nature, regressive. Diet soda drinkers have a better socio-economic standing than sugary soda drinkers, but both are not the upper crust for sure.

So the democrats are doing two things here: They are taxing the lower socio-economic brackets to finance their health care, which is sort of bad until you consider that it IS the lower socio-economic brackets that will reap the benefits of the inevitable free* socialized medicine the government is going to eventually provide. Only problem is these poorer people don't WANT health care, otherwise they'd be drinking water and not smoking and drinking liquor to save for their own healthcare, which is still available to every pretty much American IF THEY WANT IT.


* free to the poor...not to the rest of us taxpayers who will foot the majority of this new expenditure.
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Just like I predicted.....



First they came for your cigs...

A push for new taxes on soda, beer and wine to help pay for Americans' health care is stirring up more than just the beverage industry.

The Senate Finance Committee is considering raising taxes on alcohol and imposing a new levy on soda and other naturally sweetened drinks, on which there is no federal tax, to help pay for overhauling health care. The committee calls them "lifestyle tax proposals," saying the levies would slow sales of unhealthy products that contribute to rising medical costs.

http://www2.tbo.com/content/2009/jun...o-your-health/

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They'll tax basically anything with sugar in it. And now they pretty much control the tobacco industry by regulating it, they can do just about anything with it.

Next up - Equal, NutraSweet when people stop buying sugar.
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They'll tax basically anything with sugar in it. And now they pretty much control the tobacco industry by regulating it, they can do just about anything with it.

Next up - Equal, NutraSweet when people stop buying sugar.
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The worst problem is that these taxes are, by their very nature, regressive. Diet soda drinkers have a better socio-economic standing than sugary soda drinkers, but both are not the upper crust for sure.
That's true, but as you pointed out in your next paragraph the people paying the unhealthy-lifestyle taxes will be the ones benefiting from government healthcare programs.

That definitely beats doing it with redistribution of income. And it's infinitely better than what my numbnuts governor wants to do--tax hospital beds to fund Medicaid. In other words, make health care more expensive for people paying with insurance or out of pocket AND do it when they're already hit with higher expenses and lower income
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Except that taxing soft drinks will be self-defeating. They either tax it lightly, which won't equal much revenue, or they tax it heavily, which will price it out of the reach of the people who buy it, which will once again mean low revenues.
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