State Sen. Bill Monning’s proposed tax on sugared beverages (also orange juice which has as much sugar as cola?) is a classic example of government interference in one of the most personal aspects of our lives, namely, what we eat and drink. Sen. Monning uses the classic liberal justifications: It’s for our own good. It’s for the children. We’ll save health care costs. In reality, this proposal would skim funds off the beverage industry and indirectly from the consumer, passing the money on to a new soda tax bureaucracy and contractors.
Why stop with the soda tax? Vegetarians in the legislature should pass an excise tax on meat. Let’s even force people to buy vegetables “for their own good” by monitoring what they buy at the supermarket when they swipe their debit cards. If you don’t purchase your annual quota, you get fined, which, according to the U.S. Supreme Court decision about Obamacare, can be deemed a “tax.” Just think of the benefits: more civil service jobs, support for farmers and savings on health care. Now if we could just force people to eat the veggies instead of throwing them on the compost heap (where Senator Monning’s proposal belongs).