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51 Responses to “Sin“ Tax on All Fast Food?

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    fancylad Male 30-39
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    April 30, 2008 at 6:24 pm
    Link: ``Sin`` Tax on All Fast Food? - New Jersey lawmakers actually have a great idea in these times of a crappy economy for once.
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    britt566 Female 18-29
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    April 30, 2008 at 10:05 pm
    Ok
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    britt566 Female 18-29
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    April 30, 2008 at 10:06 pm
    I live in ohio
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    BigWaFuu Male 18-29
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    April 30, 2008 at 10:09 pm
    you know damn well if they tax fast food, the hospital wont see poo of it and there`s nothing they would be able to do about it.
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    richoricho Male 40-49
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    April 30, 2008 at 10:16 pm
    Sin-tax.
    almost That`s marginally funny, BUT catchy very. (oops pardon my syntax)
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    peanut_x Female 13-17
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    April 30, 2008 at 10:22 pm
    Well if we tax fast food.. maybe people wont eat it so often, could lead to weight loss.. But then again where will the homeless eat?
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    Legion5 Male 18-29
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    April 30, 2008 at 10:27 pm
    I hate how people are retarded idiots. McDonalds has THREE different types of salad and a chicken sandwitch which is made with low GCI ingredients as well as being full of vitamins. It is litelrally impossible to make a more nutritionally sound food than their chicken salad (though the portion size is way too small) and very difficult for the chicken sandwitch (though it could contain more chicken and vegetables). Anyway things like these are the probably closest anyone will ever come to eating healthy in their day, and it is a BLESSING that they are made fast because that helps the health crisis if anything. Yet people want to tax it just because it is prepared efficiently? Wow dumb.
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    Groogle Male 30-39
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    April 30, 2008 at 10:31 pm
    Enjoy your capitalism burger you american pigs.
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    cambriaseyes Female 18-29
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    April 30, 2008 at 10:37 pm
    They tax cigarettes, why not tax fast food? It bothers me that people around the world can barely manage to get a spoonful of rice a day, if that, but people here are complaining about spending a few cents (or however much the tax will be) on a 1,000+ calorie meal.
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    cambriaseyes Female 18-29
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    April 30, 2008 at 10:40 pm
    By the way legion5, there are TONS of calories even in McDonald`s salads. All that dressing, and those croutons? Yeah. In fact, salad dressing is one of the leading contributers to fat in women`s diets; probably because people think "Oh salad, healthy. Let me just pour on a few cups of this hurr Ranch dressing..." And if people`s idea of "eating healthy" is a McDonalds chicken sandwich, they are, and there`s no other word for it, stupid.
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    Tonyjet Male 18-29
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    April 30, 2008 at 11:09 pm
    thats a great idea

    If people still buy it, then the state gets revenue for hospitals, which probably going to end up on treating cardiac arrest from all the cholesterol they are inhering.

    and if they stop buying it, even better getting rid of the problem form its roots

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    BlondeFille Female 18-29
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    April 30, 2008 at 11:20 pm
    I say do it! Fast food is horrible anyways, and maybe some girls will actually learn to cook homemade food again
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    razordragon Male 18-29
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    April 30, 2008 at 11:21 pm
    Yeah just spend 30 dollars a day on gourmet meals. >_> Or you know, eat less, 3 whole meals a day isn`t necessary.
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    wtfstoner55 Male 13-17
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    April 30, 2008 at 11:25 pm
    Personally, I doubt that anyone should care about the tax, because it won`t deter anyone from fast food, it`s just another tax. Though judging by the price of 12.86 for chips and a roll, I would like to know why it cost so much to begin with. Is it the import price of ingredients or is there more to the meal? I live in Australia and the AU$ is worth 93 US cents, but a chicken wrap and a thing of chips is about $5-7.
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    wyngit Male 18-29
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    April 30, 2008 at 11:58 pm
    Quote razorgragon: "Yeah just spend 30 dollars a day on gourmet meals. >_> Or you know, eat less, 3 whole meals a day isn`t necessary."

    or... people can COOK. Cooking is not *that* difficult. It just needs some responsibility to your own health.

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    Zerocyde Male 18-29
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    April 30, 2008 at 11:59 pm
    Or drating buy food and cook it.
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    Indigo_M Male 18-29
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    May 1, 2008 at 12:20 am
    I don`t like this one bit. It is not the government`s place to mold our behavior, especially through punitive taxation. It`s just like the ban on trans-fats in New York restaurants -- it unnecessarily infringes upon liberty and it`s downright stupid. The government is supposed to provide law and order, not pick up where my mother left off.
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    Randy4861 Male 40-49
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    May 1, 2008 at 12:39 am
    Tax, tax, tax. Didn`t we have a "Tea Party" to stop this along time ago? I think it may be time for another "intervention". As far as anyone stating that fast food(salad) is a good healty deal, you need to plant a garden and cook some of your own grub. Oh, I forgot, todays young Americas have no idea how to live off the land. Get real people, you have given the govenrment the ability to control everything you want,need, have. Try to talk to Grandpa sometime and see how its done on your own, and I don`t mean your trust fund.
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    Baalthazaq Male 18-29
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    May 1, 2008 at 12:56 am
    Lol.
    "It`s not the government`s place to mold our behaviour".

    Rotfl.

    So the government doesn`t make laws or anything like that. It`s not like the entire judicial system revolves around that very concept.

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    Baalthazaq Male 18-29
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    May 1, 2008 at 1:14 am
    Ok, lets go over this one more time:
    You imprison more of your population than anyone on earth.
    As a percentage of pop in prison: USA.
    As a flat number of people imprisoned: USA.

    If you want to talk about freedom/liberty etc. Start on one of the many major issues your country faces before whining about tax on hamburgers as "infringements on liberty".

    (P.S. Technically, letting people live longer is worse for your country, as older people use up more medical resources. Cigarettes and Fast Food cause expensive medical bills, but those people die before 60, and nobody racks up more in medical bills than those after 65. Plus they`re often retired so don`t contribute as much.

    You save money by making/letting them die.

    Having said that. I think this tax is a good idea.

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    kairobert Male 18-29
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    May 1, 2008 at 1:35 am
    I`d tax it.
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    wyrwich Male 18-29
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    May 1, 2008 at 1:40 am
    i think its a great idea.... I hate fast food, but i don`t always have the extra bit of cash to buy the healthy stuff. I think this is a great solution
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    neoretro Male 18-29
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    May 1, 2008 at 1:40 am
    I`m all for it, fatties.
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    neoretro Male 18-29
    446 posts
    May 1, 2008 at 1:42 am
    "Yeah just spend 30 dollars a day on gourmet meals. >_> Or you know, eat less, 3 whole meals a day isn`t necessary."

    Yeah, I guess if you spend all day on the computer and lead a completely inactive lifestyle, to the point where your metabolism is shunted and you wouldn`t require more than 1000 calories a day... then I guess 1 or 2 meals a day is fine.

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    catbarf Male 18-29
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    May 1, 2008 at 3:12 am
    "It is litelrally impossible to make a more nutritionally sound food than their chicken salad (though the portion size is way too small) and very difficult for the chicken sandwitch (though it could contain more chicken and vegetables)."

    Heh, no. McDonald`s dressing has more sugar than some of their desserts, and everything else is simply loaded with fat, and still lacking in many vitamins. There`s nothing healthy on the McDonald`s menu.

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    LillianDulci Female 18-29
    2674 posts
    May 1, 2008 at 3:16 am
    I wish this would be done in my area! =D
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    hunneybear Male 13-17
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    May 1, 2008 at 3:41 am
    thanks corzine now mcdonalds is going to get rid of the dollar menu uggghhh stupid democrats always messing things up
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    neoretro Male 18-29
    446 posts
    May 1, 2008 at 3:48 am
    The fruit parfait is probably the healthiest thing on the McDonald`s menu.
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    skirjames Male 18-29
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    May 1, 2008 at 4:57 am
    some people need to face the facts...mcdonalds is NOT for eating healthy..even if you get the salad

    glad i haven`t been there in years

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    eladrelkce Male 30-39
    528 posts
    May 1, 2008 at 5:11 am
    How about we tax the polititians for every bad idea they come up with, like this one.
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    anGiE_O_o Female 13-17
    488 posts
    May 1, 2008 at 5:22 am
    yeah.
    just learn to cook healthy
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    843 Male 18-29
    550 posts
    May 1, 2008 at 5:34 am
    I can`t care less. I haven`t eaten any fast food for months. They`re so oily and fatty.
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    lamegatorade Male 13-17
    66 posts
    May 1, 2008 at 5:43 am
    Raising taxes in this manner would be a futile gesture. A worrisomely futile gesture, and it`s embarrassing that that`s what it has come to. This economic system is primed for collapse, and the general debt of the american people will increase and prices will rise until there`s another war, possibly far bigger than the current one (purely to ease these woes). Reform, please?
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    May 1, 2008 at 5:59 am
    Its good that its not a law, just an idea, otherwise I`d be making fun of you.
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    VONLINE Male 18-29
    578 posts
    May 1, 2008 at 6:42 am
    It won`t be long before we can`t walk outside without the government taxing us for it. Cause throwing money at our problems is the only way our government knows how to fix things. It`s incrementalism.
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    itsallfake Male 30-39
    474 posts
    May 1, 2008 at 7:04 am
    @ Indigo_M: Your right it`s not the governments job to mold our behavior, but then again who will save us from the corperate marketers who ARE the ones shaping our behavior? Fact is, most of americans don`t think for themselves, it not that they can`t, it`s just easier to let someone else do it. Enter corperate capitalists. They come along and say, don`t worry about thinking for yourselves, we will take that burden away from you (along with a few dollars). Easily 99% of america`s lifestyle is about consuming products a corperation has marketed to you. We live the consumer lifestyle because capitalism (which is an economical system, not a government) has convinced us that is whats best for us. The only way that will change is by government intervention. Problem is this, the government is interviening the wrong side, they should be restricting and regulating corperations for exploiting the people`s lack of self control/thinking and come down hard on the corp.
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    itsallfake Male 30-39
    474 posts
    May 1, 2008 at 7:18 am
    In corperate capitalism, the only difference between a company and a con-man is structuring. The con-man does his own legwork and talks to his victims directly, a company has employees and marketing departments to take care fo that. A con-man can go to jail for swindling money out of a person, a company has lobbyists in the government to prevent that from happening... I have watched this country spiral downward at the fault of its own people. People who say americans are lazy aren`t far off from the truth. Sure there are exceptions to the rule, but for the most part we all let TV/Radio/Internet tell us what to think about everything from politics, religion, lifestyle, to what kind of car, clothes, food, medicine, and gadgets we own. Will we take responsibility for letting other think for us? No, but we can at least regulate and punish those that make huge amounts of money by exploiting that weakness in the american people.
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    itsallfake Male 30-39
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    May 1, 2008 at 7:23 am
    Consumerism IS the colective weakness of the american people. And it is exploited everyday. Taxing the people for being weak is wrong, i agree... Taxing fast food because americans are weak against the power of conveinience is in and of itself an exploit. What they SHOULD be doing is protecting the american civilian while regulating and taxing the corperation. In my opinion, taxing fast food is stupid, when they should be taxing the company. Yes the company would raise their prices to pass on the tax to the people, but if the people and the govenrment were that concerned, they would have already had laws in place to prevent that from happening as well...
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    CheeseMan1 Male 18-29
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    May 1, 2008 at 7:30 am
    I cant see anything like this going through. Very few people would approve of this sort of tax in America, considering how many people eat fast food nowadays.
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    Maelstrom_x Male 18-29
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    May 1, 2008 at 10:21 am
    We should start a "tax" tax. Every time you are taxed, you must pay a "tax" tax of 5 cents. Of course, the "tax" tax counts as a tax and therefore is taxed. The tax on the "tax" tax is then taxed, which is also taxed, and then taxed again, over and over, until the government gets your entire paycheck.
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    dsteenbock Male 30-39
    60 posts
    May 1, 2008 at 10:36 am
    Taxing fast food is one of the dumbest things i`ve heard of. I don`t eat near as much fast food as I used to, but, i`ve always been healthy and SKINNY. Here`s a better idea: Put a scale in each fast food joint, and if you weigh over 220 as a man, and 170 as a woman, THEN you pay the tax. Leave us skinny, healthy people who just want to grab a burger and fries every now and then alone.
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    Shortone0726 Female 18-29
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    May 1, 2008 at 11:10 am
    Are they talking about putting another tax on fast food? Because I live in NJ and they already tax fast food..NJ is starting to disappoint me..this governer is trying to get so much money out of us ;-/
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    Zelkari Male 18-29
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    May 1, 2008 at 12:09 pm
    I`m all willing to pay a high tax on fast food.
    As long as they lower the cost of healthy food.
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    KoalaMeatPie Male 18-29
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    May 1, 2008 at 12:17 pm
    Speration of Church and State FFS!!!!!

    They should be removed from office.

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    randyintwin Male 50-59
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    May 1, 2008 at 12:53 pm
    I like baalthazags idea about dealing with other issues our country faces.. how about whiny little Asians for starters.. lol
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    Legion5 Male 18-29
    438 posts
    May 1, 2008 at 2:06 pm
    ok


    I will conceed to the two people that pointed out that the Salad dressing on Mickey D`s salads is wayy overused by people, but that doesn`t make what they are selling any less legitimate. If I sell you a nice salad and you cover it with mayo, how does that make me the one at fault?

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    Legion5 Male 18-29
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    May 1, 2008 at 2:09 pm
    Also again the McDonalds grilled chicken sandwitch has a nutrition rating of 62%! And more importantly has a nutrient ratio compliance of 83%. The later is what is more important. It`s more important in a healthy diet to have the right ratios of fats carbs dietary fiber etc. You AREN`T going to care that you have a minor iron defficiency when you are diebetic and are getting strokes which paralyze half your body. Yet essential nutrient ratios is what "experts" tend to rate food on...
    America has one of the lowest nutrient deffiencies of any country. So yes Mickey D`s food is only "marginally better than average" with these two choices in that dimension, but if you look at america`s problem, these two choices i mentioned are incredibly more valuable than the expert rating of "just better than average", which is why i say they could not be more nutritously sound... in their environment
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    Legion5 Male 18-29
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    May 1, 2008 at 2:09 pm
    If you don`t beleive me look up the death rates from obesity or heart conditions vs osteperosis for example.
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    PopeBenedict Male 70 & Over
    504 posts
    May 1, 2008 at 4:00 pm
    I don`t think any kind of food should have a sin tax. Food is not a sin. Well, except for eating meat on Ash Wednesday and on Fridays during Lent. Now that`s a sin!
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    Sara2307 Female 30-39
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    May 1, 2008 at 7:40 pm
    I hear you, Shortone...Corzine would tax anything and everything if he could. It`s virtually unaffordable to live here anymore. This does not suprise me at all...taxing fast food and closing the state parks and forests...there`s how you balance the budget :-/
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    no_need Female 18-29
    465 posts
    May 4, 2008 at 2:47 pm
    Ugh, give up, Legion5... just calling something a `salad` doesn`t make it healthy. I won`t go into it, we all know all about the fast food industry already, but suffice it to say that a salad you buy in Maccy D`s is NOT the same as one you make at home with fresh ingredients. Also, you can`t compare self-inflicted conditions with ones which are hereditary or which can occur naturally as a person ages. Fast food is bad for your health in so many ways, not to mention that since its establishment the idea of the family dinner has basically gone out the window. (For clarity, I`m not bashing Americans here... Britain is just as bad and I think fast food should be done away with entirely in both countries)

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