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"Sin" Tax on All Fast Food?

Hits: 6182 | Rating: (2.5) | Category: News & Politics | Added by: fancylad
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Female, 18-29, Europe
 471 Posts
Sunday, May 04, 2008 2:47:33 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)

Female, 30-39, Eastern US
 169 Posts
Thursday, May 01, 2008 7:40:50 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

Male, 70 & Over, Europe
 643 Posts
Thursday, May 01, 2008 4:00:37 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!

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 445 Posts
Thursday, May 01, 2008 2:09:56 PM
If you don't beleive me look up the death rates from obesity or heart conditions vs osteperosis for example.

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 445 Posts
Thursday, May 01, 2008 2:09:28 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

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 445 Posts
Thursday, May 01, 2008 2:06:12 PM

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?

Male, 50-59, Western US
 668 Posts
Thursday, May 01, 2008 12:53:40 PM
I like baalthazags idea about dealing with other issues our country faces.. how about whiny little Asians for starters.. lol

Male, 18-29, Canada
 2555 Posts
Thursday, May 01, 2008 12:17:35 PM
Speration of Church and State FFS!!!!!

They should be removed from office.

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 67 Posts
Thursday, May 01, 2008 12:09:39 PM
I'm all willing to pay a high tax on fast food.
As long as they lower the cost of healthy food.

Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 1396 Posts
Thursday, May 01, 2008 11:10:36 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

Male, 30-39, Midwest US
 60 Posts
Thursday, May 01, 2008 10:36:36 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.

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 1886 Posts
Thursday, May 01, 2008 10:21:52 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.

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 1430 Posts
Thursday, May 01, 2008 7:30:10 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.

Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 475 Posts
Thursday, May 01, 2008 7:23:07 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...

Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 475 Posts
Thursday, May 01, 2008 7:18:03 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.

Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 475 Posts
Thursday, May 01, 2008 7:04:29 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.

Male, 18-29, Southern US
 573 Posts
Thursday, May 01, 2008 6:42:38 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.

Male, 18-29, Canada
 10503 Posts
Thursday, May 01, 2008 5:59:11 AM
Its good that its not a law, just an idea, otherwise I'd be making fun of you.

Male, 13-17, Eastern US
 67 Posts
Thursday, May 01, 2008 5:43:20 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?

Male, 18-29, Asia
 531 Posts
Thursday, May 01, 2008 5:34:29 AM
I can't care less. I haven't eaten any fast food for months. They're so oily and fatty.

Female, 13-17, Europe
 495 Posts
Thursday, May 01, 2008 5:22:16 AM
just learn to cook healthy

Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 534 Posts
Thursday, May 01, 2008 5:11:11 AM
How about we tax the polititians for every bad idea they come up with, like this one.

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 109 Posts
Thursday, May 01, 2008 4:57:24 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

Male, 18-29, Western US
 456 Posts
Thursday, May 01, 2008 3:48:28 AM
The fruit parfait is probably the healthiest thing on the McDonald's menu.

Male, 13-17, Eastern US
 403 Posts
Thursday, May 01, 2008 3:41:43 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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