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?