Now, ask me how I feel about sin tax on cigarettes? Don’t really care. Why? It’s stupid. Smoking is stupid, drinking that much soda is stupid, taxing more on things that are a detriment to our health is stupid. But, guess what? It’s our right to be stupid. You don’t see them taxing more on fracking, do ya? Industry polluting the air? Noooo.
OK, soap box away. Here’s why I think Bloomberg is a little off base with this soda thing. One, he wants to ban Super Sizing Sweetened teas. OK. Go ahead. You know what’s free to us as consumers? Sweetener. Yeah, go into a fast food place or a movie theater and they have sugar in little packets. We could fry our pancreas all we want with complimentary packs of sugar.
Two, as far as say a fast food restaurant is concerned, have you noticed the trend on free refills for fountain sodas? Well, in the great state of PA, or more to the point, SWPA, most fast food places have the soda fountain located where the napkins and ketchup are. So… buy a small Moutain Dew and refill it 20 times. SHOW THE MAN WHO HE’S MESSING WITH, NOW!
And for those stores that do now have the fountain on the customer side of the business, Wendy’s and Long John Silver’s mostly allow free refills if you are dining inside and bring your cup back.
Actually, the plan would be to limit sugary drinks to a 16 oz cup that could be refilled at will. It still does not solve the problem.
What’s next, limits on how many cases you can buy in the grocery store? Easily beaten, though a pain in the ass.
So… what exactly is Bloomberg doing? Wasting tax payer money on something that is easily subverted.
What should he be doing? What does it matter? With cigarettes and other vices, you will never be able to stop things from happening. The industries are way too big and as a society, we are just way too hooked. Denis Leary said it best. (Very NSFW)
Listen, we know we do bad things. We know that cigarettes, sugar, HFCS, drugs, and other shit are bad for us. We just don’t care! Remember Prohibition? How well did that go for you? Well, 13 years was a long time, but I don’t think the whole nation was dry and sober all 13 years. Banning legal things only makes them illegal. You can still get them if you want.