A month ago, we published an article “Obama’s ‘firm pledge’ broken… but ‘it’s for the children’” where we noted that as cigarette taxes cause many smokers to cut back or quit altogether, the next thing to be slapped with a sin tax would be soft drinks and fast food. They’d need to do this to pay for healthcare, since the loss in tax revenue generated by cigarette taxes would have to be made up somehow.
Today, the Wall Street Journal reports that “Senate leaders are considering new federal taxes on soda and other sugary drinks to help pay for an overhaul of the nation’s health-care system. The taxes would pay for only a fraction of the cost to expand health-insurance coverage to all Americans and would face strong opposition from the beverage industry. They also could spark a backlash from consumers who would have to pay several cents more for a soft drink.”
Think you’re safe because you drink, say, Snapple or iced tea or sport drinks? Think your kids’ Capri Sun juice drinks are safe? Think again. A Washington lobbyist group is pressuring lawmakers to “propose a federal excise tax on soda, certain fruit drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks and ready-to-drink teas.”
And keep in mind, it won’t be enough to tax your Ocean Spray Cran-apple. We reiterate this part of the article: “The taxes would pay for only a fraction of the cost […]” Where pray-tell will the rest of the money come from? “The beverage tax is just one of hundreds of ideas that lawmakers are weighing to finance the health-care plans.”
Are we really willing to sit by and let the federal government slap the shackles of tyranny and oppression on us one by one, until we wake up one day and realize that we are no longer free? How many more “sin taxes” are we willing to tolerate before we get up from behind our TVs and computers and tell the people that are supposed to be representing us that they are acting in their own interests and are no longer representing We the People?