Big Brother Food Controllers Want Higher Taxes

Tax-feeding “scientists” want us to pay higher taxes on sugary foods and drinks.

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From Bloomberg Business: “Tax on Sugary Foods Proposed by U.S. Panel to Fight Obesity.”

Americans should pay taxes on sugary sodas and snacks as a way to cut down on sweets, though they no longer need to worry about cholesterol, according to scientists helping to revamp dietary guidelines as U.S. obesity levels surge.

The recommendations Thursday from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee also call for Americans to reduce meat consumption and to take sustainability into account when dining.

Perhaps we won’t raise taxes on sugary foods and beverages. In that case, we may be tempted to think that it is all OK. But the fact remains that we have been taxed to support “scientists” who then used their paid positions to advocate higher taxes on the populace. We are being forced to defend ourselves from our government. Even if we win, the government will have imposed a great deal of struggle on us to resist these encroachments. So keep it in mind: We are taxed to provide lucrative jobs for people to officially devise more reasons to tax us more.

[See also, “Let Government Protect Your Health and Get Big Mistakes.”]

And not only do they try to hurt us through taxes, they hurt these companies in other ways. According to the video below, stock values of Coca Cola and other such companies went down after this report was released.

So if you work for one of these targeted businesses, your government supported by your taxes has just damaged your company in the marketplace.

Another problem with this report: we are told two different things. Supposedly, the panel is dealing with obesity. But its recommendations, we are told, also have to do with “sustainability.” In other words, we have to stop eating meat to save the planet.

This is not science; it is a collection of stupid fads finding a taxpayer-subsidized “bully pulpit.”

They don’t even bother to make sense. The panel endorses “lean meat” and discourages “red meat” without ever seeming to recognize that red meats are lean meats.

Missing from Bloomberg’s analysis is any sense of how stupid it is to suggest taxing items while subsidizing them at the same time. American farmers cost taxpayers billions every year. If you don’t want cheap sugary items flooding grocery shelves then don’t use the government to make corn so cheap that high fructose corn syrup is inexpensive.

I am nothing but a reader and a blogger, but, in my opinion (make of it what you will), claiming that people should allow ten percent of their daily calories to come from fat is a recipe for a sick fat population. The panel has finally backed down on the cholesterol myth, but they are still doubling down on the government dogma that eating fat makes people fat.

Why not get the government out of nutrition science and let us debate amongst ourselves? The panel pushes for massive taxes, regulation, and other forms of behavior manipulation at every level of government. Thus, from Reason.com’s blog, we read this quotation from the panel: “policies and programs at local, state, and national levels in both the private and public sector are necessary …”

Policies are oppression. This entire report is a stupid justification for oppression. They need to leave us alone and get out of our food.