The talk about the “fat tax” over the past few years has me thinking seriously about how much of a problem I have with some politician legislating my choices of what to eat. Granted I am not a fan of fast food and would prefer to cook my food at the house and avoid food I do not like all together, if I want to I should be able to eat anything I want without having to worry about some state or federal official messing in my business.
Historically, when it comes to taxes in the United States they have not been the most popular especially in the case that the tax is not producing the results it was intended for. The talk of a “fat tax” is pretty much taxation without representation if you ask me. Whether it is taxing individuals or specific foods it all add up to a load of crap if you ask me.
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4 Reasons Why the “Fat Tax” is Just Silly
- If you tax one thing people will find a substitute
- The money spent on putting calories on menus aka McDonald’s will not curb consumer wants
- A “fat tax” is actually a tax on personal choice
- The money raised from the “fat tax” will be funneled into a broken healthcare system
Actually, the main reason a “fat tax” is silly is those authors of the legislation are counting on the tax changing the nutritional behavior of consumers. The most high profile example of an attempt to change how people eat is McDonald’s putting the calorie count on the menu. When I go to McDonald’s I don’t look at the menu most of the time because I have it memorized! Putting calories on the menu will not prevent me from ordering what I want.
Thinking about it from an economic standpoint it may not seem as silly because the higher prices might cause people to buy other things on the menu or not go to the restaurant at all. Instead of taxing food why not provide subsidies to help finance those restaurants offering healthy alternatives? Instead of looking at taxing a problem into oblivion, why not do a better job of educating people on what healthy food choices are?
As long as we are in a world in which such delectable items like the bacon explosion exist it will be hard to convince anyone that a fat tax is needed or wanted.