Posts Tagged ‘soda tax’

…although I think that the opportunity to tweak Mika on this one might actually be too tempting to pass up:

According to Duke-National University of Singapore researchers writing in the Archives of Internal Medicine
, “A tax on sugar-sweetened drinks in the U.S. would generate billions of dollars in federal revenue and have little impact on weight loss.” The researchers concluded that the best plan for reducing consumption of sugary drinks is to end sugar subsidies, not increase taxes.

You mean that a soda tax wont actually make people healthier? How about that! As the daily caller points out there is an interesting omission in the bloomberg news story that reported it. They detail a whole lot of polls who were for these taxes but leave out a particular one.

And perhaps most significant: Not a word about public health pioneer Mayor Bloomberg, owner of Bloomberg news.

Now Bloomberg is a No Labels guy (and the fellow with the bucks) but billionaires don’t like to be teased. Will the need to keep a possible No Labels candidate/fundraiser viable trump all else? We shall see.

I’m fat, lets be honest about it. I’ve been thin and have on occasion lost weight but right now I’m fat. If Mika saw me in person she would be on my case over it.

When she goes on about soda, I roll my eyes but I can see the mom in her. When she goes on about a “frigin’ gallon of pop” I think she really cares about this thing and I can’t help but like her when I see this. I just don’t think she realizes that people have the right to be wrong and to enjoy the little things in life.

The real reason for this isn’t soda, it’s because of video games. The fact that we are sitting in front of the Computer instead of playing baseball (the greatest game ever made) or kickball (my favorite as a little kid) basketball (I still love to play but I don’t get much of a chance and I’m kinda old.) When we see this stuff going on again the problem will be solved.

Find a way to draw the kids away from the keyboard and watch the pounds melt away.

The conversation came up over this study concerning the soda tax.

Researchers at the University of North Carolina studied more than 5,000 young adults.

They found paying a dollar more for soda caused people to consume 124 fewer calories a day.

Using that formula, researchers say over one year, an 18-percent tax on soda could cause someone to shed up to 5 pounds.

Maybe it’s just me, but with the number one issue being people out of work, I think taxing an industry and imposing a regressive tax on the lowest income might be bad timing. I also think that if such a tax didn’t apply to smaller amounts then you would see the migration to places like McDonalds where you can get free refills with your value meal.

That will shrink our waistlines. Good Plan!