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Congress Imitates Homer Simpson — II May 24, 2009

Posted by federalist in Energy, Healthcare, Taxation.

Some federal legislators have decided that all of that government-subsidized sugar we’ve been adding to soft drinks all these years might not be so good for us.  Since government has assumed responsibility for the health of American citizens our representatives are ready to take action.  Naturally, they’ve decided to reduce those crop subsidies.

Oh wait, no, they’ve actually decided that the way to fix this problem is to impose an excise tax on sweetened drinks.  I.e., they’ll continue to pay farmers to grow more corn and sugar than the market wants, but they’ll discourage Americans from drinking it with a “soda tax.”

Because of course the best way to correct the unintended consequences of government is with more government.

Reminds me of Homer Simpson’s solution to overdosing on stimulants:

Clerk: Hey, you can’t take that many pep pills at once.

Homer: No problem, I’ll balance it out with a bottle of sleeping pills.



1. Morgan - June 4, 2009

Was reading this op-ed by Dick Armey in today’s USA Today and was struck by one thing. Evidently, Congress projects revenue from a soda tax to increase every year. If that’s the case, then why are its supporters saying that taxes on soda (or beer or wine or whatever) will help us lead ‘healthier lifestyles’. They count on people drinking more so they can get more taxes, but sell it as an issue of health. Complete BS.

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