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The war on soda: A local ballot measure in Richmond, California to tax soda drinks starts to...

The war on soda: A local ballot measure in Richmond, California to tax soda drinks starts to draw national attention in advance of November's election. If the measure passes, Richmond would be the first city in the country that placed a per-ounce tax on sugary drinks and could set off a wave of copycats. Meanwhile in NYC, details on Mayor Bloomberg's anti-obesity plan will be unveiled in less than two weeks and will surely have sugary drinks in focus.
Comments (23)
  • Tax on soda, good idea. Ever day i see people on Medicaid and disability because of abuse of food and drink.
    31 Aug 2012, 11:57 AM Reply Like
  • Great idea. Let's tax steaks next. Bastards with their fatty diets increasing healthcare costs for us all. After that, let's tax all meats since a vegetarian/vegan diet is shown to be extremely healthy. Slippery slope be damned!


    "But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother."
    31 Aug 2012, 01:48 PM Reply Like
  • Once we stumble down this path, there's no stopping. Right now, for the Bloombergs of the world, it's all good, a case of heads I win, tails you lose, 'cause it's him and his ilk calling the shots. But what goes around, comes around. How about a double tax on bean sprouts as they are so costly to produce with a large carbon footprint?


    On the other hand, this may be a great way to raise the revenue so that the Kalid Sheik Mohammed trial can get underway.


    The wonders of government.
    31 Aug 2012, 11:58 AM Reply Like
  • On the one hand ..Government says sodas are bad for you..they make you faat when you drink tax or outlaw them....on the other hand if you accuse a fat person they are fat because they eat to much or do not exercise....its a hereditary thing...and you get sued...
    31 Aug 2012, 11:58 AM Reply Like
  • obama know it alls about to dictate how much you can sleep, eat drive or breath.
    Hey we broke $16 trillion in debts.


    Everything is great. Houses have bottomed for the what time, stocks are going up with computer algos pumping momo trades and disposable incomes are getting squeezed by escalating cost of living increases.


    31 Aug 2012, 12:00 PM Reply Like
  • SIN TAXES. Next, it will be MORE tax on beer, wine, and the hard you said above, they will TAX everything from now on.


    This will replace VAT's....Terry, I cannot believe you are in favor of more tax on anything.


    No, I never drink soft drinks...ever. But, more taxes are not what we need. Cal added Taxes on Cigs and they then just spend the money as if it is a General Funding source, rather than the lies they told when they put those taxes in place.


    31 Aug 2012, 12:02 PM Reply Like
  • I'm already paying high tax for health insurance to cover sick people, why not force the tax on users.
    31 Aug 2012, 12:09 PM Reply Like
  • Because you'll still have to pay high tax for health insurance...
    31 Aug 2012, 02:24 PM Reply Like
  • This is nutty stuff.
    What has to make you wonder, is that an average majority of Californians are willing to pay much more in taxes so that government can spend more of their earnings on inefficient wasteful programs that benefit mostly those who do not work.
    You got a be dumber than a box of rocks to think that will turn out well for you or anyone else.
    31 Aug 2012, 12:17 PM Reply Like
  • The nanny state "samaritans" should get the heck out of our lives, and our pockets.
    31 Aug 2012, 12:17 PM Reply Like
  • This is where I wish Republicans would constructively engage (as with the debate over health care) instead of just screaming from the sidelines and pretending the status quo is okay. I am hopeful there are some great, sensible and impactful ideas to come out of right-of-center sources. My own instincts are normally to look for markets and free choice to work things out, but those simply aren't working all by themselves, with terrible consequences both currently and to come.
    31 Aug 2012, 12:57 PM Reply Like
  • Mr. Tricky. I'll try to constructively engage you although I'm not right-of-center and therefore can't scream for those folks. I'm a far-right extremist so I'll give you the point of view from where I'm at:


    There ain't no engaging no how. There's no bargaining here. If you can tell me how much salt I can sprinkle on my popcorn, then free life is over and we're just bargaining for how much power each of us can wield.


    As an aside, I happened to watch a Piers Morgan interview of Mickey Dolenz, Monkee, on the death of fellow Monkee Davy Jones. Piers noted that Davy was a Vegan and elicited agreement from Mickey that Davy's death was a shock, i.e., how can anyone who doesn't eat red meat die so young.


    Jog all you want, eat vegetables with no butter or salt all you want. Hug a tree, but I'll still be seeing you in another place.
    31 Aug 2012, 03:20 PM Reply Like
  • Start with disallowing any soda's to be bought with food stamps or SNAP. That would kick the liberals out of office, problem solved.
    31 Aug 2012, 03:15 PM Reply Like
  • This is nothing more then another classic case of "Government Intrusion" into all of our lifestyles.
    31 Aug 2012, 03:19 PM Reply Like
  • One step closer to taxing the air we breath.
    31 Aug 2012, 03:50 PM Reply Like
  • Yep! That's next on the agenda.
    5 Sep 2012, 04:04 PM Reply Like
  • Ah yes, the famous "slippery slope" argument.


    If we aren't allowed to have thermonuclear weapons for home defense, it's just a slippery slope to enslavement under the North Korean Kim family.


    There is no such concept as "balance" in life, only a treacherous world full of slippery slopes.


    This place is awesome for entertainment, LOL.
    31 Aug 2012, 04:06 PM Reply Like
  • Heaven forbid aspects of government control should levy taxes on things that might otherwise be bad for us. What awful human beings they are to try and put forth measures that might serve to protect us from ourselves. I'm not saying I agree with it, but isn't that what governmnet is there for, to serve us, for the betterment of society.


    If I use most of the prevailing sentiment against this tax here, then I would have to say, "who the heck are they to say I can't use drugs". We've learned to accept laws against drugs, drunk driving etc. why can't we accept a tax, ie law that would help us achieve better dietary consumption?
    1 Sep 2012, 08:45 AM Reply Like
  • This has absolutely nothing to do with health or sugar or diet or any of those silly things - - This is pure revenue enhancement - - Look where it is starting: California the land of municipal Bankruptcy - - And if you think it's all about touchy feely good things, tell me what positive results we got out of Tobacco war other than high prices/taxes that the addicts pay and rich lawyers - - Did we get free medical care for the smokers? Free Nictatine patches? Any kind of free medical to help them to stop? Anything that would help them??? Just wait, cocain, herion, grass will be legalized so we can collect taxes on them


    Oh and regarding sugar - How much will a bag of sugar cost in the store? Or a Doughnut? or Cake? Your Coffee in the Morning? The cereal for breakfast? Is corn syrup going to be taxed?? Will Coffee be the next "EVIL" food because of caffein? Sheeple come bow down to your dictators - - You need them because you can't think for yourselves and you need your mommy!
    1 Sep 2012, 01:47 PM Reply Like
  • "How much will a bag of sugar cost in the store? Or a Doughnut? or Cake? Your Coffee in the Morning? The cereal for breakfast? Is corn syrup going to be taxed?? Will Coffee be the next "EVIL" food because of caffein?"


    Please stop. You're giving them ideas on what to tax next.
    5 Sep 2012, 04:06 PM Reply Like
  • I don't know which Liberals love more: Taxing or Dictating. Well, they've taxed and dictated themselves right into political oblivion and in November we'll celebrate their greed for money and power stopped cold with the election of intelligent people to office - long may they reign - a Republican president, senate and house long into the future and not a minute too soon!
    1 Sep 2012, 02:11 PM Reply Like
  • I'm waiting for the tax meter in our sleeping chambers...


    Once you empower government to assume the rights and obligations of reasoned freedom of choice tyranny and shenanigans can only be the resultant harvest.


    Unless we begin to take full responsibility for ourselves, our families, our neighborhoods, our schools etc., as our forebears did (sans the discriminatory and sexist ignorance of an unenlightened society - sorry if I offend any Neanderthals out there), then we will always be beholden to some power elite to dispense favor to one, restriction to freedom to another.


    In a technological age this acquiescence spell doom I fear for a free society.


    An enlightened America can still be realized, not regressive, not Democrat or Republican, but in a Progress spirit embolden by the hard lessons learned in the 19th and 20th Century.
    1 Sep 2012, 07:35 PM Reply Like
  • Isn't it really scary to know that there are really people that racist and ignorant that are on our site here at SA?
    6 Sep 2012, 06:37 PM Reply Like
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