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New York Governor David Paterson vs. Soda

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New York Governor David Paterson

New York Governor David Paterson wants to impose a 18% sales tax on soda in New York, which he estimates will raise $404 million in the 2009-2010 fiscal year while REDUCING soda sales by 5%.

Once upon time America was a capitalist company, I mean country, and somewhere along the way we started using tax dollars to keep broken corporations in business and taxing products to try and influence consumer buying patterns. This is starting to sound very 1984/Communist/Socialist, and if a Costner-esque post-apocalyptic hero doesn’t rise up soon, I fear what the future has in store.

We’ve gone down this road before when a study showed that raising alcohol prices will save lives.

According to the Associated Press report, Joe Baker, the acting deputy secretary for Health and Human Services to Gov. Paterson said, “People don’t really realize the amount of calories they’re ingesting through liquids.”

So by this logic products with adverse health effects should be taxed, we should skyrocket the taxes on butter, cheese, fast food, cigarettes, cigars, wine, beer, liquor, movie popcorn, candy, fried chicken, and every other un-healthy food in America.

What do you think?


  1. Jeff | Friday, December 19, 2008

    Lets hope Soda wins this epic battle.

    With Soda and a Costner-esque post-apocalyptic hero, they are bound for victory.

    Wait…are energy drinks considered soda? I sure as hell hope not.

  2. JJ Bagley | Friday, December 19, 2008

    This probably all started out with the tax on cigarettes, and now that Americans are ok with that the government can move on to whatever they want. Terrifying.

  3. Michael Bottigliero | Friday, December 19, 2008

    Sadly enough, these practices do not eliminate consumption (or overconsumption) of harmful products. They only minimally reduce sales, and only for a short amount of time. People will get used to the tax, like they have with tobacco and liquor.
    This harms your casual consumer of products, like me, who has some wine/beer/liquor with dinner or downtime, or may have a few cigars per year.
    Just another way for the government to play Big Brother- and Republicans try to say Socialism is so bad. We are a Socialist government already by definition- with a Republican president!

  4. TJ McNasty | Friday, December 19, 2008

    I hope they don’t start taxing java monster and twinkies! I will start the revolt if it comes to that!

  5. Marx | Friday, December 19, 2008

    Isn’t Paterson a Dem. though? I do not see how we are a Socialist government by definition either.

    Maybe the soda companies will fight back against Paterson. I suspect (hope for) a battle of the two. Pepsi and Coca-Cola teaming up to destroy Paterson!

  6. Jeff | Friday, December 19, 2008

    @TJ – Oh jeez. I can’t imagine the devastation of taxing a Java Monster – or any energy drink for that matter.

  7. Ron Washam, HMW | Friday, December 19, 2008

    Come on, it’s a good thing when they start taxing non-drinkers! Taxes on wine and alcohol go up regularly, ostensibly because alcohol-related health issues and societal costs need to be paid for. Well, non-drinkers are a huge drain on society and drive me friggin’ nuts. 18% of a 50 cent Diet Coke is only 9 cents, but it’s nine cents that comes from a clown not buying a bottle of wine! If it were me who was the blind Governor, I’d tax the crap out of any bottled water less than a gallon, then use the revenue to find a way to poison the people who drink bottled water.

    And while we’re at at, how about a surcharge on Viagra! Guys who need it will pay anything! But most of the Governor’s big donors are probably using it, and he wouldn’t want to lose his next erection. Election. Whatever.

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