Sports and my thoughts

Monday, June 12, 2006

Thoughts: I knew it was only a matter of time

Till someone proposed a fat tax. The media has been attacking big burger and big soda so much lately it was only a matter of time this came up. I'm surprised it took this long.

Doctors will this week declare war on America's soft drinks industry by calling for a 'fat tax' to combat the nation's obesity epidemic.

Delegates at the powerful American Medical Association's annual conference will demand a levy on the sweeteners put in sugary drinks to pay for a massive public health education campaign.

They will also call for the amount of salt added to burgers and processed foods to be halved.

The moves come as U.S. doctors - like their British counterparts - are becoming increasingly alarmed at the growing number of deaths linked to obesity.

The resolution will put doctors on a collision course with Coca-Cola and Pepsi, plus the likes of McDonald's and Burger King.

Sales of soft drinks in U.S. schools are in decline ahead of the introduction of guidelines allowing only healthier low-calorie drinks, plus milk and certain fruit juices, over the next two years.

But the medical association wants to go further. Delegates at its Chicago conference are gunning in particular for high fructose corn syrup, the sweetener which is added to everything from ketchup to cola.

Liberals want to run our lives, so is it no surprise they want to tax everything? They think we aren't smart enough to run our lives ourselves. Pretty soon they are going to start mandatory excerise and limiting calories we can eat a day. Sounds drastic doesn't it? But I wouldn't be shocked if some whacked out liberal proposed it.

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