Obesity Tax proposed in New York

Governor Paterson proposes ‘Obesity Tax,’ a tax on non-diet sodas

Continuing in the theme of creating a deviant class out of fat people, Governor Paterson of New York will now punish a fat person’s perceived deviance by taxing that fat person’s apparently precious full-sugar sodas.

Gov. Paterson, as part of a $121 billion budget to be unveiled Tuesday, will propose an “obesity tax” of about 15% on nondiet drinks.

Guess the revenue from the cigarette taxes has begun to dry up, eh?

The so-called obesity tax would generate an estimated $404 million a year. Milk, juice, diet soda and bottled water would be exempt from the tax.

There are, of course, many problems with this proposition.

Phrasing it as an ‘Obesity tax’ is problematic on its face, because although it does take advantage of the popular act of getting a good jab at a deviant class, not all people who drink soda regularly are fat.

This is in contrast to the cigarette tax, which was meant to take a jab at the deviant class of smokers. Regular smokers are most certainly addicted to nicotine. Regular soda drinkers are fat, thin, and in-between. Not to mention that there hasn’t been any convincing, rigorous proof that sugar is addictive like nicotine. The only evidence that could possibly be put forward is that people who eat sugar are likely to do so again at some point, since it can stimulate the pleasure centers of the brain (as many enjoyable activities, including the ‘runner’s high,’ do).

This leads to another glaring problem with this proposed tax: while the cigarette tax banked on the addiction to nicotine to ensure a steady revenue stream, true sugar addicts are rare. This means this tax is going to generate little or no additional revenue, and might even cause a deficit, as the tax has to be enforced administratively.

“I’ll just buy less,” said Victor Lopez, 55, of Manhattan, as he drank a Coke at a midtown Subway store.

“I don’t like to buy Diet Coke,” said Amaury Garcia, 16, who works at a flower shop in Penn Station. “I’ll just not buy any sodas if it goes up.”

Good for you, Victor and Amaury. Let’s hope your state doesn’t go ahead with this fascist measure, so you can drink whatever the hell you want without the elitist judgmentalism of the State picking your pockets in an attempt to control your behavior.

Public health advocates welcomed news of the tax, saying it would help the fight against childhood obesity.

“Raising the price of this liquid candy will put children and teens on a path to a healthier diet,” said Elie Ward of the American Academy of Pediatrics of New York State.

Good thing I don’t believe in ‘public health.’ Get your goddamned nannying out of my refrigerator.

Albany Soda Party, anyone?

We are, indeed, in a new age of Intolerable Acts.

I call on all people who believe in liberty, freedom, and the right to do whatever the damned hell you want for or against your body without intrusion by the State. The ultimate weapon of the government against the right to govern your own body is the belief in so-called ‘public health.’

Once the idea of personal health is tied into the fate of one’s neighbors, you lose your body autonomy, your most fundamental individual right.

Speak out against the ‘Obesity Tax,’ and its inevitable sons and daughters. Nip that idea in the bud now, before you wake up one day and discover that you’ve sacrificed your body autonomy on the alter of ‘public health.’

To Write To The Governor:
David A. Paterson
State Capitol
Albany, NY 12224


To Email The Governor:
Click here to email the Governor.

Responses may be sent via the U.S. Mail.

For Information on Legislation:
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4 comments on “Obesity Tax proposed in New York

  1. limor477 says:

    Juice has pretty much the same sugar content as soda. Not to mention, that diet soda is not exactly health food. WTF. This country is going down the toilet.

  2. bigliberty says:

    At long last, I really understand, in a down-in-the-bones way, what secessionists feel like.

    I like to keep these trends in perspective, in a general sense. Politically, a two-party system tends to cycle between ideologies. However, when both parties agree that fat people are deviant and must have a “war” waged on their perceived behaviors, what the hell is a body to do?

  3. vesta44 says:

    DH drinks diet Coke because he has type 2 diabetes, and I drink diet Dr Pepper because most of the roommates I had in the past hated it, therefore they left my soda the hell alone (plus I like diet Dr Pepper, most sugared sodas/teas/juices are too sweet for my taste). But putting a tax on sugared soda just because fat people may be drinking it, well, where the hell is that kind of thing going to stop? Let’s tax potato chips, and cookies, and cake, and pie, and candy because fat people might be eating those too and those are the only things making them fat (because we pig out on them, ya know?). Give the government an inch when it comes to personal choices, and they’ll take your whole damned body away from you.

  4. deannacorbeil says:

    I would like to openly admit that I am a Coke-a-holic. The Real Thing….w/sugar (or corn syrup, I don’t really care); w/caffeine…served very cold so that the burn and fizz as you drink it makes you shiver. Probably a 2-liter a day. That MUST be the reason I’m fat, right? Since it seems like most of my fat friends are addicted to diet drinks, I’m thinking there must be something else involved. And who is to say what is a “healthy” drink or food, anyway? Coke makes me more alert and focused; isn’t this a good thing?

    What makes public officials with no medical or nutritional education expert enough on our health that they feel qualified to attempt ways to coerce us into making (their) desired choices?

    I’m so sick of the government trying to convince us they are doing things for our “health”, when they are really just trying out more and more creative ways to steal our money.

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