OK, I guess I could smile, but it’s a dilemma.
You see, I’m a non soda drinking libertarian. Personally I don’t give a hoot how much tax New Yorkers have to pay for a can of soda if Gov. Paterson has his way, and imposes a new 18% tax on sugary drinks. Thing is, though I do.
I’ve never thought that taxation is the way to change people’s habits. Look at the UK, for example, Gas tax there is over 80% and yet Great Britain has some of the most crowded roads in the world in parts.
More to the point, I don’t think Government should be interfering and manipulating our lives in this kind of way.
Like I said I don’t drink soda. I don’t like the taste of them, they’re way to sweet for my liking, I don’t like the nasty after taste of diet drinks, and I don’t really want to put a can or bottle full of chemical junk down my throat on a regular basis.
That’s another thing. Gov. Paterson wants to except diet soda. Why? Those chemical sweeteners in diet drinks are possibly just as harmful as the processed sugar (usually the ubiquitous HFCS) that it’s replacing. Who knows for sure. The jury is still out on that one.
Myself, I think the way forward is education. If the media can persuade folks to drink more good old water, which is, in this part of the world, almost free, and plentiful and easy to obtain from the faucet, a whole host of medical issues will disappear too.
On a hot summers day, when your throat is dry, and you’re sweating hard, there’s nothing whatsoever to beat it’s thirst quenching properties, and your body will love you for it too, and you’ll avoid Governor Paterson’s Soda Tax.
(So you don’t live in NY state? Rest assured, if Gov. Paterson’s proposal is accepted and raises enough revenue, it’ll soon be adopted around the nation!)