Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Taxing Your Flab

Now my advice for those who die
Declare the pennies on your eyes
'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman
And you're working for no one but me. - Taxman, The Beatles

There’s a trend in recent years that goes something like this: medical research concludes that product X is bad for Americans. American politicians, in consideration for what’s best for the country, enact sin taxes on product X. This is supposed to protect their constituents from early death due to the ingestion of product X.

In other words, if you smoke, drink and spend too much gasoline, you’ll be taxed above and beyond the normal federal, state and local taxes. If you’re too fat and travel by airplane, you have to pay for two fares. You may ask, “What’s wrong with that?”

The latest “health warning” alerts American parents that soda pop is causing obesity in our school age children. The World Health Organization, PETA and other “health conscious” activist groups have mobilized against anything food they deem “fast and unhealthy”. They are urging politicians to place sin taxes on anything from Twinkies to soda pop. PETA says that you and I should be taxed
“eight cents per pound of meat and fish”. Senators in California, Nebraska and New York are jumping on the health nut bandwagon.

Let me make something clear. I advocate good health. I absolutely do not advocate making politicians rich and special interest groups dictating our lifestyles.

I wonder when they’ll tax the air we breathe? Opps! I think I just gave someone an
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