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The government would like to increase taxes on soft drinks, supposedly to help fight obesity. According to the New York Times, “The state budget office estimates such a tax would raise $1 billion a year when fully in effect, and reduce consumption by 15 percent.”

I agree that it would raise tons of money. After all, most people won’t be fazed by having to pay a few extra cents for soda. Just look at smokers. They whine and bitch about how the cost of cigarettes has nearly doubled in 10 years, yet they keep on smoking. I don’t agree that consumption of soda will be reduced by 15 percent, for the reason I just mentioned. And I’m pretty sure the government is counting on that, too.

See, the government wants you to think this tax is for the country’s heath. In reality, it’s just finding additional ways to get more money from the American people. Why would it single out one specific product when there are a million things that could contribute to a person’s obesity? Is it because soda consumption is out of control? According to the National Soft Drink Association (NSDA), consumption of soft drinks is now over 600 12-ounce servings per person per year. Since 1978, soda consumption in America has tripled for boys and doubled for girls. Or maybe it’s so the government can pay even higher subsidies to the industrial corn farmers, so those farmers can produce even more corn. Why? Read on.

The second ingredient in most sodas is high fructose corn syrup, which is made from — you guessed it — corn. Corn is grown by the industrial farmer. The government pays huge subsidies to these “farmers” so they can afford to grow more of the cheapest crop in America. (Otherwise, the farmers would lose money on the whole deal.)

You know what would make more sense than paying industrial farmers tons of money to grow corn and then raising taxes on the very products this corn creates? Putting your money where your mouth is. That’s right; instead of telling Americans to eat more fruits and vegetables while allowing the cost of them to greatly exceed the cost of processed foods made from corn (i.e., making it a lot cheaper to eat the foods that make Americans obese), give this money to the organic and local farmers so Americans have easier access to and can pay less for the foods that are good for them!

Problem solved!

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