Washington To Tax Sugary Drinks, Ignore Govt’s To Blame For Obesity Epidemic
The new year has brought new government-backed rules to several states across the country. In Washington, residents are now being forced to pay extra for their sugary drinks thanks to the state’s initiative that hopes to use the new taxes to discourage consumers from drinking “unhealthy” beverages.
The new rule is already worrying Seattle store owners who believe they will be seeing a dramatic loss in income as well as an increase in expense as consumers will avoid purchasing the overly-taxed drinks.
The new law—taking full effect this week—was approved in June but heavily criticized by everyone from consumers, store owners, and even beverage-industry workers. Still, lawmakers argued, the rule is meant to discourage people from drinking sugary drinks. Sugar, they say, is linked to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and other maladies. But the new law says nothing about “Zero-calorie” and diet drinks, which are often tied to cardiovascular risks, are not being impacted by the new rule.
And if Washington’s lawmakers are proven right and the new tax does discourage consumers from drinking sugary beverages, they will likely end up going for diet sodas instead. On top of being detrimental to business owners and workers, the new tax will also push consumers away from a potentially dangerous drink to another potentially dangerous drink, so what’s the point?
The idea that lawmakers and bureaucrats are able to help the populace be happier, healthier, and safer with a strike of their pen is an old one, and it’s precisely why the country is currently facing an epidemic of obesity and other health issues tied to bad eating habits.
With the Food and Drug Administration and other government agencies forcing an idea of a food pyramid down Americans’ throats, we were all taught to see grains and carbohydrates as the foundation of healthy eating. Unfortunately for countless Americans, this horrific assertion and irresponsible recommendation is very, very wrong.
As we now are more aware of the fact that a diet rich in carbohydrates and poor in fats will actually make you sick, we are tempted to laugh at the government, except for the reality that federal agencies and medical groups tasked with helping individuals be healthier continue to push this harmful diet down their patients’ throats.
If the state wants to help locals to be healthier, taxing a product because of its sugar content should be the last thing on their mind. Instead, they should bring an end to “official” health guides and government-backed medical advice altogether. After all, we have already learned that when it comes to healthy diet recommendations, the government has accomplished nothing but help make Americans fatter and less healthy. Are you really willing to let them dictate anything else related to what you put into your body?