Full disclosure…I am a smoker.
I know they are bad for me, I know the health risks, I know the money I can save would be significant, and I know that one day I will quit. But I am an Amercian and I used to have some freedoms. The freedom to decide what I digest or inhale.
I have smoked since the early ’80s. I could smoke in bar, in an airplane, in an office, in a resturaunt, in a store, in a mall, even in a hospital. I understood the need to eliminate smoking in most of these areas, (still pissed off about the bars), but I get it. I don’t smoke in my home and I shouldn’t be allowed to smoke in a business. I GET IT!
But enough is enough. The Obama regime is now planning on taxing junk food to force people to eat better. Are you shitting me? Where will it end? Short answer, it won’t. Everytime you get something taxed or something taken from you by the goverment you don’t get it back and the taxes will never be removed. They are addicted to revenue and want more.
I guess if the unions would not have killed the Twinkie the democrats and their taxes would .
Larry Summers, chair of the White House National Economic Council when the 2009 stimulus was developed, suggested that President Obama will eventually tax and regulate junk food to drive people to eat more healthily — although he dinged First Lady Michelle Obama’s healthy foods initiative.
“I think there is no question that the way Americans eat and what Americans weigh is a big contributor to health problems and it’s a big contributor to health costs,” Summers said on Morning Joe today.It’s not the agenda now, but I think at some point you’re going to see tax measures and regulatory measures that are going to be directed at helping people be healthier. That’s just going to happen and I think it’s probably a good thing when it does.”
A Nod To Weasel Zippers for the story.