``Sin`` Tax on All Fast Food?

Submitted by: fancylad 9 years ago in

New Jersey lawmakers actually have a great idea in these times of a crappy economy for once.
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Female 465
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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Female 9
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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Male 504
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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Male 438
If you don`t beleive me look up the death rates from obesity or heart conditions vs osteperosis for example.
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Male 438
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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Male 438
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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Male 730
I like baalthazags idea about dealing with other issues our country faces.. how about whiny little Asians for starters.. lol
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Male 2,576
Speration of Church and State FFS!!!!!

They should be removed from office.

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Male 68
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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Female 1,244
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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Male 60
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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Male 1,882
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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Male 1,406
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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Male 474
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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Male 474
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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Male 474
@ 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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Male 578
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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Male 10,440
Its good that its not a law, just an idea, otherwise I`d be making fun of you.
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Male 66
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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Male 550
I can`t care less. I haven`t eaten any fast food for months. They`re so oily and fatty.
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Female 488
yeah.
just learn to cook healthy
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Male 528
How about we tax the polititians for every bad idea they come up with, like this one.
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Male 109
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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Male 446
The fruit parfait is probably the healthiest thing on the McDonald`s menu.
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Male 396
thanks corzine now mcdonalds is going to get rid of the dollar menu uggghhh stupid democrats always messing things up
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Female 2,674
I wish this would be done in my area! =D
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Male 1,455
"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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Male 446
"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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Male 446
I`m all for it, fatties.
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Male 91
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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Male 1,623
I`d tax it.
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Male 4,546
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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Male 4,546
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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Male 186
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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Male 354
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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Male 3,255
Or drating buy food and cook it.
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Male 153
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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Male 167
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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Male 336
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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Female 40
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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Male 3,296
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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Female 338
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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Female 338
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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Male 2,172
Enjoy your capitalism burger you american pigs.
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Male 438
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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Female 408
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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Male 1,036
Sin-tax.
almost That`s marginally funny, BUT catchy very. (oops pardon my syntax)
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Male 1,162
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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Female 2,289
I live in ohio
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Female 2,289
Ok
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Male 20,827
Link: ``Sin`` Tax on All Fast Food? [Rate Link] - New Jersey lawmakers actually have a great idea in these times of a crappy economy for once.
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