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It has begun. The government is talking about giving health care to every US citizen. Now you might be sitting back in your chair and thinking, “good everyone should have health care”, and “yes in a perfect world it would be nice.” We don’t live in a perfect world, and just because it seem s nice doesn’t mean we should do it.

There is going to be a lot of debate on this subject in the coming weeks, and you will hear many different arguments for and against it. Like its basic human rights or why should my tax dollars pay for someone else? No matter what your stance may be there is one thing that we can’t ignore, and that is this thing is going to cost us $1.2 trillion dollars.

Now you might be asking yourself, “Where is that money going to come from?” and that’s where the biggest problem with this comes into to play. The government has no way of paying for this at its current state so there solution is to raise taxes, and their target is so called unhealthy food.

Right now congress is looking into a possible tax on soft drinks. The argument is that those drinks have large amounts of sugar and if a person drinks to much of them, it could cause health complications. So any product that helps contribute to health problems must also provide part of the solution, and that comes in the form of tax.

The tax is being proposed on soda, certain fruit drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks, and ready to drink teas, but excludes most diet sodas. It is said to cost consumers around 3 cents for every 12 oz drink and is estimated to bring in $24 billion a year. That still leaves $1.176 trillion that we need.

It doesn’t take a genius to see where this is going. Since any food eaten in excess can cause health issues that means all food is fair game. Red meat, candy bars, butter, salt, cheese, and the most devastating of all bacon are at risk of taxation.

If this passes through it won’t be long before big brother starts to say that we should just eliminate these foods to cut down on health care expenses. It has already started with the Trans fat ban in New York.

I’m not a huge fan of some of the governments’ policies but for the most part I accept them, but if they try to take away my bacon I will personally lead the charge to Washington. Bacon lovers mount up!

By Sean Brett

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3 Responses to Soft Drink Tax Will Lead to Bacon Tax

  1. Dan Taylor says:

    Soft drinks, cigarettes, alcohol and junk food will all be targeted with this new tax plan. You can bet that bacon won’t be far behind. My question is, what kind of tax break will I get for going to the gym on a regular basis and staying in shape?

  2. Aaron says:

    Holy crap. I don’t drink much soda, but this is just wrong. Have they taxed other junk food? I bought a pack of Hubba Bubba gum the other day in the grocery store and it was $1.49! WTF! A pack of regular gum shouldn’t be more than 75 cents. When I was a kid it was 35 cents! Or you could buy the single-wrapped pieces for 2 cents each and just fill a grocery bag with gum!

    Diet sodas kill too, ya bastards! If there’s a bacon tax coming, I guess I’ll just have to move to another country where they don’t care as much, or become a cannibal. I hear human tastes a lot like pork, and I bet humans are loaded with bacon.

  3. keira says:

    i’m painting my protest sign right now. i’ll be marching with you.

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