Friday, June 30, 2006

Sin: A Camel and A Coke

Yah--if the American Medical (Weenie) Association has anything to say about it, you'll pay more for that Coke--or to do a Dew:

A large number of American Medical Association members want to raise money to fight obesity, and some think that adding a tax on soft drinks would be a dandy way to do it.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest, which seems to believe that one of the deadly sins is the enjoyment of eating, believes a 1 cent per-can tax could raise $1.5 billion a year.

...governments are likely to become addicted to the soda tax just as they’ve become tobacco-tax revenue junkies. Will a shakedown much like the $246 billion tobacco settlement follow the first tax?

The AMA narrowly rejected the soda tax by a vote of 244 to 242 at its Chicago convention in mid-June. But that close vote doesn’t mean soda drinkers are safe from the tax. Lawmakers will likely get the idea that by forming a coalition of half the docs and all the nannies, they can grow the coffers.

Wonder if the Indian reservations will be selling un-taxed Coke?

1 comment:

Disgruntled Car Salesman said...

The McDonalds, Taco Bell and KFC taxes aren't too far behind.

Also, does this mean we get a tax credit for eating rabbit food (see salad, greens, etc.)?