Monday, December 17, 2007

Nanny Staters Chipping Away at Freedom, a Tax at a Time

The Mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom, wants to heavily tax sugared sodas, using the standard excuse that sugar leads to obesity, which leads to increased healthcare costs for the city.

A spokesman said the tax would only affect large stores, not "mom and pop" stores. To which I ask: why? If the mayor really believes in his tax, why be hypocritical and only charge the tax at bigger stores? (Because he believes he can soak evil "big corporations," I'm sure...)

The spokesman also assured "The mayor has no intention of imposing a fee on pizza."

Uh-huh. Believe me, folks, that's coming. If you're going to tax sugary sodas, what's to stop the taxation of doughnuts, candy bars, pizza, french fries, or anything else that's considered "unhealthy"? It's a slippery slope, and we're already well on the way down the hill.

Before it's all over, we may need a new version of the Boston Tea Party to end the ever-increasing desire of politicians and bureaucrats to control every aspect of our lives.


Blogger windycorner said...

If only the Mayor et al realized how foolish they sound. Imagine being quoted in a history book,"I will tax sugary soda, but not pizza. This is my promise to you." Ridiculous. How about turn-down service for every citizen? It makes just about as much sense.

4:10 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

"Imagine being quoted in a history book,'I will tax sugary soda, but not pizza. This is my promise to you.'"

I love that thought!!

Imagine those words coming from the mouth of someone of the stature of Ronald Reagan or Winston Churchill...


11:43 PM  

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