Taxing sugary drinks would add to government obesity

Published: Tuesday, May. 28, 2013 - 10:05 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, May. 28, 2013 - 11:29 am

Re "Obesity crisis demands tax on sugary drinks" (Viewpoints, May 23): There is no question that obesity is rampant in this country but does it really cost California $52 billion a year?

The real villain here isn't the beverage industry: it's those individuals who lack the personal responsibility and self-control to limit their intake of sugary beverages.

In their misguided efforts to "fix the damage" the beverage industry has "caused", state Sen. Bill Monning, D-Monterey, and Dr. Harold Goldstein shouldn't limit their crusade to just soda. Why not not tax fruit and other foods that contain sugars naturally then move on to taxing all food groups because I heard that when consumed in excess, they too, can lead to obesity.

And then, with all this new found revenue let's provide tax credits to provide incentives for the purchase of exercise equipment to reverse this trend altogether!

This nonsense legislation to tax sugar ironically serves only to sweeten an already obese government bureaucracy.

-- Craig Morrow, Sacramento

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