Tax isn't so sweet

Full story: San Bernardino County Sun

In a country where nearly $150 billion is spent dealing with the health ramifications of obesity, is a tax on the sugar in beverages a good idea or a bad one? Rumblings for these kinds of taxes are being heard in about dozen revenue-starved states and several cities across the country.
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E Pluribus Unum

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May 2, 2010
 
Interesting Idea- Has something similar been tried before :)?

On April 5, 1764, Parliament passed a modified version of the Sugar and Molasses Act (1733), which was about to expire. Under the Molasses Act colonial merchants had been required to pay a tax of six pence per gallon on the importation of foreign molasses
tiger is the best

Woodland Hills, CA

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May 2, 2010
 
E Pluribus Unum wrote:
Interesting Idea- Has something similar been tried before :)?
On April 5, 1764, Parliament passed a modified version of the Sugar and Molasses Act (1733), which was about to expire. Under the Molasses Act colonial merchants had been required to pay a tax of six pence per gallon on the importation of foreign molasses
Nope its not for tariff reasons its because the CA government is so messed up and will not make any cuts in the way they do anything and just wants any cash they can think of from people that live here.
I say vote every person out of office this year and dont vote for anything that raises any taxes for any reason. All that comes out of the capitol is lies, lies, and more lies
pinksock37

Brea, CA

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May 2, 2010
 
Tax it... I hate looking at little fat kids walking around. Need to be drinking water anyways.

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May 3, 2010
 

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wtf wrote:
Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez
is a megadickhead
Let's duct tape Him to a telephone pole!
Bill

Beverly Hills, CA

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#6
May 3, 2010
 
Bad iead. This another way government offical want everyone to pay for obese people health problems. We are paying enough taxes already. What next? Why not put a tax on the amount of salt in snack foods.
J Kavin

Santa Monica, CA

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#7
May 3, 2010
 
How can we spend 1.5 Billion dollars a year on new programs at the same time that
the State is for all practical purposes insolvent? Senator Flores would have us fire
the teachers in the classroom at the same time that we are starting his new programs.
This bill shows how out of touch the Legislature is. It is obvious that the Senate Majority Leader has no plan to address the State's ongoing financial meltdown.
California Sun

Ontario, CA

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#8
May 3, 2010
 
Drinking soda isn't personal freedom; it's personal stupidity. It's sugar and sodium and lots of other nasty ingredients.
loudmouth

Los Angeles, CA

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I have a great idea. In addition to taxing sugar the government needs to tax each breath a person takes and use the money to clean up the air. The geeks could compute the average number of times a person breathes each hour and the State could impose a tax on it. We could also expand the tax base by taxing peoples animals that breathe as well. There are endless possibilities out there just waiting to be TAXED!
California Sun

Ontario, CA

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#10
May 3, 2010
 
Kavin has a point, why are they inventing new programs? They need to cut back on the ones they already have. You know, the ones that do nothing.
chief squatting dog

Highland, CA

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May 3, 2010
 
heavily tax all junk food and bring down the prices of fruit and vegtables, mybee then america wont be seen as the fat capital of the world
Sigh

Upland, CA

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#12
May 3, 2010
 
Okay, put a tax on it. The tax supposedly won't go to the general fund. Nope, not a chance of that happening. It would be helpful if the companies sold "healthful" beverages, such as water at $1 per twelve ounce bottle. Oh wait, they already sell water for eight times as much as soda? Maybe we should tax the water. Oops, we have a local water company that already does that and pays their employees double what they should in private sector jobs.
Kim

Hacienda Heights, CA

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May 3, 2010
 
Raise the tax on ciggies.
Wanda

Hesperia, CA

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May 3, 2010
 
I am so sick of the government interfering in my life. They regulate when and where someone can exercise their human right to smoke if they want to, they try to prevent me from being overweight, they interfere in the raising of our children, they take our property through eminent domain for a car dealership, they're insisting that we buy medical insurance even if we don't believe in medical care. We are turning into a Stepford Nation, and it's scary. Whether I'm fat or not, whether I smoke or not, how I raise my children, is just not the business of our government! I don't believe for a second that any money generated from a sugar tax will properly be spent on physical education programs, it will end up being spent somewhere else. It seems to me we're getting all these weird proposals lately just because some idiot legislator wants to have his or her name on a bill no matter how stupid that bill is. They must think it makes them a historical figure or something. They don't realize they just come across as idiots I guess.
broken

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

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#15
May 3, 2010
 
Where is that promise......the one where we, the people, were promised NO TAXES on middle class?????????
LIES
California Sun

Ontario, CA

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#16
May 3, 2010
 
Broken, There's no taxes on the Middle-class, because the Middle-Class has been decimated, destroyed, and driven into the ground. The rich get tax breaks, the porch monk keys get welfare, the workers get it in the rear.
Mr Taxpayer

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#17
May 3, 2010
 
CUT TAXES CUT TAXES- NO MORE TAX,STOP the spending

Soon your will just give your pay check to the governmental agencys and they will give you what they want back, to live on.
jesse

Banning, CA

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#18
May 3, 2010
 
the markets will still have their specials for the drinks, and the working class will still buy them and still be fat. physical ed should be part of the school programs!!!!!!!!!! they should ALL swim,run not play basketball, baseball, football.

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Los Angeles, CA

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May 3, 2010
 
chief squatting dog wrote:
heavily tax all junk food and bring down the prices of fruit and vegtables, mybee then america wont be seen as the fat capital of the world
+1. Take the tax money and use it to lower the price on healthy foods. Soda is much cheaper then even bottled water. It's no wonder that people ignorant to creating a healthy diet buy soda.
tiger is the best

Woodland Hills, CA

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May 3, 2010
 
pinksock37 wrote:
Tax it... I hate looking at little fat kids walking around. Need to be drinking water anyways.
And what water is that?
Tap water or bottled water?
I think your a idiot
tiger is the best

Woodland Hills, CA

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May 3, 2010
 
turboderek wrote:
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+1. Take the tax money and use it to lower the price on healthy foods. Soda is much cheaper then even bottled water. It's no wonder that people ignorant to creating a healthy diet buy soda.
Healthy Diet soda?
I see why they call you stupid

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