Club for Growth: A Tax on Soda

Club for Growth:

According to this Reuters article, a bureaucrat and an academic have written a new report advocating a tax on sugary drinks. Below are the opening two paragraphs to the article as read through my eyes [my edits are in BOLD]:

A penny-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks could help fight obesity by cutting consumption [and liberty] and raising billions of dollars to help state and local governments pay for [inefficient] programs, two experts [busybodies] said on Wednesday.

Taxes have been shown to reduce smoking and are just as likely to help force adults and children [to] choose healthier drinks, which are now usually more expensive than sodas and other sweetened beverages [thus, making people more poor as a result of this tax], the experts [busybodies] wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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