Sugar Tax

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2009-04-09 12:39:52 -0500
Started 2009-04-08 18:52:23 -0500

I have heard this in the rummor mills, but now I saw it on mainstream media. They are considering a one penny tax on each ounce of soft drinks that contain sugar. This is yet another way the government it trying to get it's fingers in places it doesn't belong. I don't drink soda anymore, so it doesn't affect me personally, but when will it stop? This is their effort to curb obesity. I say how about banning HFCS! I just can't believe this, and you know Coke and Pepsi are not going to let it happen. But just the same…it should not even be an issue.

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vgarrison 2009-04-09 12:39:52 -0500 Report

According to what I understand HFCS can and is addicting. So some people may "need" to have it, and not even realise it. Plus for people that are lower end income, soda can actually be the cheapest drink they have. Some people don't have very good public water or have a well that is contaminated…and therefore they drink the next cheapest…soda. It is unfortunate, but it is true.

Did anyone see the 20/20 special about the apalachian (sp?) mountain people. It was stated in there, that mt. dew is the drink of choice there, and this area has the post poverty. Says something right there…


John 2009-04-09 09:43:31 -0500 Report

I don't get your opposition to taxing it where banning is OK. I guess I've been an expat too long. They are both government interference. No, I don't want a political debate.

When I'm elected world dictator, HFCS will be banned and all sugar and refined grains will be highly taxed. IMO these are the #1 cause of most of our [world] healthcare woes.

GabbyPA 2009-04-09 12:28:30 -0500 Report

You are right, banning is the same infringement, but HFCS is the poison of choice by the FDA. The thing is, if it is an "obesity" is charged on millions of people who are not why should they pay? Perhaps there should be a scale at the check out and we should be charged per pound we are overweight? I would laugh if I thought they had not considered that already. My point is, while the tax is is getting so out of control. It is our right to not purchase a product, but when this starts hitting small business and pulling sales away from them because of high taxes, who really suffers. Big companies like Coke and Pepsi can handle some reduction in sales, but what about the little guys?

great dane
great dane 2009-04-09 12:30:54 -0500 Report

No one is forced to drink beverages containing HFCS or sugar. To do so, given all the bad publicity they have received, would seem to indicate a desire to become obese.

Carol11 2009-04-09 09:40:17 -0500 Report

What is HFCS?

Lisa Ann
Lisa Ann 2009-04-09 09:44:40 -0500 Report

High Futrose corn syrup (I don't think I spelled Futrose right)

Carol11 2009-04-09 09:51:17 -0500 Report

Thanks Lisa Ann. Here in Ontario the provincial government is proposing that restaurants and school cafeterias post calories on the menu boards. I'm sure everyone knows that will never fly!! xxx calories on a Big Mac. I don't think so.

vgarrison 2009-04-09 12:20:57 -0500 Report


Actually MCDonalds has already started to place the nutritional information on each individual package now. I don't know when it started, but I know it was at least a couple of months ago (I don't eat fast food anymore)


GabbyPA 2009-04-09 09:30:53 -0500 Report

Right now, with my understanding of the news clip, it is being proposed in Congress. NY tried it and it failed. So I think they are going for the federal point. This is just insane. I don't like smoking, but I don't agree with the taxing of that an liquor either. Here in FL we have a BED tax! We rob you poor tourists 15% to stay in a hotel. That is a state tax, but still.

Lisa Ann
Lisa Ann 2009-04-09 09:24:10 -0500 Report

I work in pop manufacturing and yes we use HFCS. Haven't heard talk of anyone switching to sugar. I don't work for coke or pepsi, I work for Kroger in Cincinnati where we make Kroger Big K pop and Kroger brand ice cream.

kdroberts 2009-04-09 08:12:45 -0500 Report

On the HFCS side of things, in a couple of weeks Pepsi are releasing "Pepsi Throwback" and "Mountain Dew Throwback." Both will have real sugar in them instead of HFCS. Strangely, I think the US is the only country in the world that HFCS is used in soda, I had a very interesting conversation on the HFCS with a long term Coke employee at the world of coca-cola in Atlanta a few years ago (actually 9, crazy how time goes). At the time I was still living in England and had never heard of HFCS so he went into great detail about what it was and how it came to be used in place of sugar here. It was very interesting to hear him tell the story and how he thought the day that happened was the day Coke lost all of it's origins and turned completely into a corporate monster.

great dane
great dane 2009-04-08 19:26:49 -0500 Report

Just a new bit of social engineering by the liberals who believe they know whats good for you. I fear for our country>

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