Taxing calories and unhealthy foods are apparently the new tools in the fight against obesity, because if the gym and a healthy diet don’t cut it, holding a gun to obesity surely will, at-least according to friends of the government.
The issue that has motivated me to talk about this is a recent National Bureau of Economic Research Report that a calorie tax would curb obesity.
So taxing foods and making them more expensive in a government-created depression would make people buy less food and consume less calories?
What an innovative idea! Forget taking responsibility for your body, let the government tax you into starvation… for your health!
This is a page out of the Michael Bloomberg playbook for controlling what people eat, controlling what people do with their bodies, and taxing people into hunger and bankruptcy until there is nothing left.
A calorie tax and the pending taxes on fatty foods are much more than just taxes, they are behavior and life controls. The government wants you to change your life to fit the government way of life model so it imposes taxes that discourage you from engaging in specific behaviors. Of course, with government, what happens when you don’t follow their rules often means jail and/or most definitely force.
Taxes on fatty foods take aim at specific goods on the market simply because the Government-based on research studies paid for by Agricultural companies that are subsidized by government- believes foods with higher fat content are unhealthy. Another way to get around taxing “fatty foods” is a calorie tax, because 1 gram of fat contains 9 calories, compared to the 4.5 calories in a gram of protein or gram of carbohydrate. Of course, there is no discrimination between meals or foods that are just high in calories and meals or foods that actually lead to bad health, because sacrifice is the name of the game.
In my own opinion, there is plenty of evidence pointing in the opposite direction of the government-recommended diet, at-least enough to give question to the evidence that fat is bad, no matter what. And I would add that humans evolved on diets primarily based upon protein and fat from animal sources (similar to PALEO). And it wasn’t until 10,000 years ago that agriculture took off. So somehow the natural diets generations of humans have lived on and evolved on are bad for you and deserve to be taxed because the government chose to believe certain research, or just because it said so.
When you put taxes on unhealthy foods, or taxes on fatty foods, you are effectively making a choice for the majority of the population, saying that this is what you *should* be eating. Not only that, but if you eat what you *shouldn’t* be eating, you’ll be taxed for it and punished for it. At the same time, delivering the authority to government to create tax schemes like this on taxing foods is delivering it the authority to not only tax fatty foods, but to tax whatever foods it deems so.
And as the Constitution and Free market philosophy clearly point out, the Government has no role in picking and choosing winners in the market. That is the duty of the “consumers”, or the people. But why not skip that mumbo-jumbo rights stuff and make the decision for the people and their respective bodies?
At what point did we all agree that fat was bad for you and that it was not only bad for you and me, but bad for everyone? Because taxing what we think are unhealthy foods must imply that these foods are in some way a threat to the majority of the population, and if not the entire population, then we are considering a calorie tax and tax on fatty foods to benefit a certain portion of the population at the sacrifice and expense in health of another section of the population, all the while taxing them for it as well.
The point here is that just because you may believe something is unhealthy, that does not give you the right to declare it unhealthy for the rest of the population and then use government force to make them change their way of life.
If you think something is healthy, then eat it. If you think something is unhealthy and you want to eat it, then eat it. If you think something is unhealthy and you don’t want to eat it, then don’t eat it; don’t support that company; don’t support that restaurant.
All we can do is share information, and if the Government wants to share information, I’d rather have them do that then impose some sort of bogus Unconstitutional Tax. And it’s not that the taxes have been imposed here yet, it’s the idea that the talks of them in our marketplace and political atmosphere even have any grounds.
Preserving liberty is a matter of keeping the knowledge and truth flowing with an active populace actively attempting to maintain and create a free society and free market, as the writers of the Constitution envisioned. Do the research, form an opinion, and use your rights to share it. Take responsibility for your decisions and your actions, and do not force upon others what is their own business out of a lack of control or security over your own life.
The calorie tax and the tax on fatty foods are fundamentally wrong ideas, and the government’s plan to hold a gun to obesity means holding a gun to the obese or those participating in habits the government says contribute to obesity.
The solution to obesity is as it has always been: take responsibility for your body and your health.