Obese Tax Question?

Since: Jan 09

Abilene/TX

#1 Jul 29, 2009
I ask the question on the Obesity Tax that is being proposed-Why should the obese be made to pay when it is the provider that causes the problem? This was the rationale when campaign finance reform was placed into law. How can our lawmakers not be corrupt with all the lobbyists’ providers? The restaurant owners, fast food chains and the small town eaters are to blame for the condition of obese America. They should pay the tax not the weak & overweight.

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Since: Jul 09

Beautiful Hill country of TX

#2 Jul 29, 2009
If city folks would ride a bicycle for short trips, even to the grocery store for necessities, the CO2 footprint would be drastically reduced, in addition to sweating off some needed pounds. I ride my bike almost daily.

Since: Jun 09

Location hidden

#3 Jul 29, 2009
btrp wrote:
I ask the question on the Obesity Tax that is being proposed-Why should the obese be made to pay when it is the provider that causes the problem?... The restaurant owners, fast food chains and the small town eaters are to blame for the condition of obese America. They should pay the tax not the weak & overweight.
My other car is a VBIED
Why indeed. As for those evil restaurant owners, fast food chains and the small town eateries that are to blame, they need to be stopped from forcing the morbidly obese to eat in their establishments. I also blame the 'all you can eat' restaurants...its like they deliberately bait a trap for the king-size crowd.
Steve

Brownwood, TX

#4 Jul 29, 2009
HeresJonny wrote:
If city folks would ride a bicycle for short trips, even to the grocery store for necessities, the CO2 footprint would be drastically reduced, in addition to sweating off some needed pounds. I ride my bike almost daily.
Good luck with the CO2 footprint discussion in BuSh's Brownwood ! Have you read this ?
The Godly Must Be Crazy
The Religious Right & The Road To Environmental Apocalypse
By Glenn Scherer
Abortion. Same-sex marriage. Stem-cell research. US legislators backed by the Christian Right vote against these issues with near-perfect consistency. That probably doesn't surprise you, but this might: Those same legislators are equally united in their opposition to environmental protection.
Forty-five senators and 186 representatives earned 80- to 100-percent approval ratings from the nation's three most influential Christian right advocacy groups—the Christian Coalition, Eagle Forum, and Family Resource Council—in 2003. Many of those lawmakers also got flunking grades—scoring less than 10 percent, on average—from the League of Conservation Voters.
These statistics are puzzling at first. Opposing abortion is consistent with the religious right's belief that life begins at conception. Opposing gay marriage is consistent with its claim that homosexuality is proscribed by the Bible. Both beliefs are a familiar staple of today's political discourse. But a scripture-based justification for anti-environmentalism—when was the last time you heard a conservative politician talk about that?
Odds are it was in 1981, when President Reagan's first secretary of the interior, James Watt, told Congress that protecting natural resources was unimportant in light of the imminent return of Jesus Christ. "God gave us these things to use. After the last tree is felled, Christ will come back," Watt said in public testimony that helped get him fired.
Today's Christian fundamentalist politicians are more politically savvy than Reagan's interior secretary; you're unlikely to catch them attributing public policy decisions to private religious views. But their actions suggest that many share Watt's beliefs. Like him, many Christian fundamentalists feel that concern for the future of our planet is irrelevant, because it has no future. They believe we are living in the End-Time, when the son of God will return, the righteous will enter heaven, and sinners will be condemned to eternal hellfire. They may also believe, as do millions of Christian fundamentalists, that environmental destruction is not only to be disregarded but welcomed—even hastened—as a sign of the coming Apocalypse.

more here: http://www.chronogram.com/issue/2005/01/news/...

Since: Aug 08

Location hidden

#5 Jul 30, 2009
Just because someone tells you to jump off a cliff dosen't mean you should go for the plunge does it? Restaurant owners, fast food chains are prob the cause but they don't stick the food in our mouth, they just lure us to it. It's a personal choice whether you take that bite. For the ones that have proven medical conditions, where medications or treatments or disease that make them obese, that's different. Ppl that are perfectly healthy, but overweight have no valid excuse for it in my opinion.
btrp wrote:
I ask the question on the Obesity Tax that is being proposed-Why should the obese be made to pay when it is the provider that causes the problem? This was the rationale when campaign finance reform was placed into law. How can our lawmakers not be corrupt with all the lobbyists’ providers? The restaurant owners, fast food chains and the small town eaters are to blame for the condition of obese America. They should pay the tax not the weak & overweight.
My other car is a VBIED

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