July 12, 2007

Fat tax study

Some studious folks at Oxford U. have come to a brilliant conclusion. Tax fatty foods:

LONDON - A “fat tax” on salty, sugary and fatty foods could save thousands of lives each year, according to a study published on Thursday.

Researchers at Oxford University say that charging Value Added Tax (VAT) at 17.5 percent on foods deemed to be unhealthy would cut consumer demand and reduce the number of heart attacks
and strokes.

A value added tax is a nice way of taxing a consumer, but not really tax them, because the tax doesn't show up on their receipt. Instead the tax is on the guy who makes the food, the guy that packages the food, the guy that ships the food and the guy that sells the food. No harm, no foul for the consumer, right? WRONG. The consumer still pays a higher amount approximating the amount of the collected taxes already accumulated on their purchase. In this case, 17.5 percent.

So, only the people who eat fatty foods are targeted. What about those who eat high carbohydrate products? High calorie products? High nitrate products? Non-organic products? High cholestrol products? Products high in artifical flavors and colors? High sodium products? They have all been shown to encourage obesity, disease, and/or other health problems.

My point? Opening the door to taxing food for fatty content means opening the door to taxing food for whatever the zeitgeist doctors and nutritionists decide is the demon food of the day. We don't need a bureacracy to decide on a health quotient for the foods we buy and then tax us accordingly.

That is the direction that taxing fatty foods leads us to.

We need to be wary of Creepin Nutritionism.

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Blogger barista grazioso said...

Oh, never fear. A new tax is coming to a wallet near you. Seattle passed what's called a Sin Tax (clever, aye?) a couple of years ago. The "Sins" include beer, wine, hard liquor, cig's and candy that little kids buy. What a bunch of, well, you know. In fact, Seattle wants to ban trans fat all together. How about cig's, cigar's and chew?

How about we just reincarnate Stalin?

Fri Jul 13, 12:00:00 AM  
Blogger Myra Langerhas said...

Sorry, bg, NYC beat you in the race to ban trans fat. We have already done that.

No smoking virtually anywhere (eat ur used cigs unless you want a big littering fine). As I recall we also banned the use of the n-word, so hide that copy of Huck Finn.

But GWB hates freedom and civil liberties bc there are some foreign terrorist tards in Guantanamo that we dont lay out a red carpet to on their way to the Supreme Court.

Castro is such a beloved figure here. I wonder what would happen if he tried to light a cigar in a Starbucks in NYC.

Fri Jul 13, 12:21:00 AM  

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