Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Latest Insanity: Sugar Tax

Yes, you read it right. Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, a Bronx democrat, wants to tax all products that contain sugar in an effort to fight obesity and raise money. You can read all about it here.

In a letter sent to Governor Patterson, Dinowitz proposes that Patterson alter his current tax proposal (the one that taxes sugary drinks), to include all products with sugar. His reasoning has something to do with not being clear about the stance the city government is taking on fighting obesity (and he wants to raise more money, obviously). He seems to think the fat, stupid public won't get the message that being obese is bad for you if they don't tax all sugar. That we will think one only gets obese from sugary beverages. He's out to save us all from ourselves, donchaknow.

Here's a direct quote from the linked article: "The limited scope of the Governor’s proposal has allowed its intent of encouraging people to live healthier while generating revenue for the state to become muddled. By expanding the number of products that would be covered under the sugar tax we would generate more revenue and provide a greater disincentive to engage in unhealthy behavior.”

Assemblyman Dinowitz, your not my father. Adults are responsible for what they put into their bodies. You don't get to penalize me for my dietary choices. Please stop contributing to the stupidity of the human race as a whole. Same goes for you Felix Ortiz (the guy who wants to ban salt).

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