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View Poll Results: Do you support the new Soda Tax of 1.5 cents per ounce?
Yes! Keep up the good work! 22 37.29%
No! This tax needs to go the way of the dodo. 37 62.71%
Voters: 59. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-22-2016, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Plymouth Meeting, PA.
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and everybody said that about the cigarette tax too and that still has not stopped people from smoking.




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I just don't understand what is wrong with this tax. Soda is one of the biggest causes of diabetes, obesity, and a slew of other nasty health issues. And, as was stated up-thread, this disproportionately impacts the lower economic classes -- meaning that ultimately society fronts a great deal of the bill for many of the aforementioned diseases.

Cigarettes cause lung cancer, so as a society, we determined to tax the sh&t out of them. Alcohol causes numerous health issues, so as a society, we determined to tax the sh&t out of them. What is wrong with taxing the sh&t out of products that are that the forefront of enabling what could turn out to the be the most devastating scourge in human history (i.e. childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes)?
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Old 06-22-2016, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Center City
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and everybody said that about the cigarette tax too and that still has not stopped people from smoking.
People are free to enjoy all the sweetened drinks they want. Just like the cigarette tax, however, they will have to ante in a bit more, lessening the costs that have, to date, been paid for by others (including their own insurance costs). Remember, there is no reason inherent access to these drinks granted by God, the gummit or anyone else. Each of us has a choice here.
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Old 06-22-2016, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Not diabetes, just cancer- at least with aspartame.
Don't go there. Just don't.
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Old 06-22-2016, 10:17 AM
 
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and everybody said that about the cigarette tax too and that still has not stopped people from smoking.
People have known, officially, for over 50 years that smoking would kill them but millions still smoke. Nicotine is really addictive and, of course, people willfully believe that they will beat the odds.
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Old 06-22-2016, 10:55 AM
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I didn't vote in the poll, because the idea of a "discouragement tax" seems paradoxical. When you tax something to discourage consumption of that thing, the projected tax revenue gets worked into the budget. Government being as it is, it'll immediately expand into that new revenue stream. Once that happens, they certainly won't want to discourage consumption. If anything, wouldn't they soon be courting soda companies for increased advertising?
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Old 06-27-2016, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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I see that Philly has passed a 1.5-cent per ounce soda tax to take effect Jan 1.

Personally, I think it's tragic, since this will primarily hurt the poor. Sure, the middle and wealthy folks will be able to dart across the city limits to load up on sweetened beverages, but the car-less city folks will be stuck doing without or paying through the nose. We'll see singles of beer and 4Loko selling for less than non-alcoholic beverages in the local corner store.

Is this what the good people of Philadelphia really want?

Although I don't live there, I'm fearful this could embolden other greedy politicians to pass soda taxes of their own if the one in Philly sticks. I'm rooting for the beverage industry in their efforts to sue the city into oblivion in order to get this tax reversed.

Anyhow, I'd like to see what you guys think. Yay or Nay on the Soda Tax?

Thanks for voting.


Against. City Council need to spend within their budget.
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Old 06-29-2016, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Plymouth Meeting, PA.
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and this is true but still the champions of these taxes act as if this going to slow down these bad habbits.
This may be extreme but look at the drug addict? they will do practically anything to get a fix if you think about it.

BTW - nice to see you again kyb01!


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People have known, officially, for over 50 years that smoking would kill them but millions still smoke. Nicotine is really addictive and, of course, people willfully believe that they will beat the odds.
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