Showing posts with label sugar. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sugar. Show all posts

When Did The U.S. Repeal The Laws Of Supply & Demand?

by A. Barton Hinkle. Of soda taxes & minimum wage. Back in October, The New York Times reported that the law of supply and demand still works. "Yes, Soda Taxes Seem to Cut Soda Drinking," the newspaper told its readers, relating the results of Mexico's new tax on sugary beverages. Mexico's measure imposed a 10 percent tax on soft drinks, and so  ... MORE

Baylen Linnekin: Is Mexico's Soda Tax Really Working?

Less consumption, same obesity.    Mexico has become the most obese country in the world. In a purported effort to combat the problem, the country implemented a one-peso-per-liter excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in January 2014. That tax, supporters claim, is working. A 2015 working paper by University of Chicago Prof.   ... MORE

How The Sugar Industry Leverages Government Corruption

by Patrice Lee.        It’s no secret that the government gives special treatment to large, established industries—often at the expense of Millennials and small business owners. And if you need proof, look no further than to the sugar industry, which right now stands as an example of cronyism at its worst. Policymakers from across the political     ... MORE

NYT Columnist Wants A Minimum Drinking Age For Soda

by Guy Bentley.    Busybodies minding your own business. A New York Times columnist has proposed the government introduce a minimum age for buying soda and card kids who try to buy Coca-Cola at the local store. In wide-ranging discussion with, food journalist and New York Times opinion writer Mark Bittman attempted to equate    ... MORE

Steve Chapman: San Francisco Vs Soft Drinks

Politicians want to be your conservators.  Its for your own good of course. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has something it wants to say: Fizzy sugar water can make you fat and rot your teeth. 'll pause while you pick yourself off the floor, where you landed in shock at this blinding revelation. Until now, you have probably been pouring    ... MORE

There's Nothing SWEET About the National Soda Tax

by Baylen Linnekin.      Last month, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) proposed the SWEET Act, an excise tax on sweetened beverages. The tax, which has been billed as a national soda tax, would lay a one-cent duty on every teaspoon of sugar in soft drinks and other beverages. The proposal is intended "to curb obesity, diabetes, and the resulting      ... MORE

Democrat Nanny Wants Every Teaspoon Of Sugar Taxed

by Eric Scheiner. A sweet deal for spending-crazed politicos.    Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) introduced this week the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Tax (SWEET Act), which aims to institute a tax of one cent per teaspoon – 4.2 grams - of sugar, high fructose corn syrup or caloric sweetener. The measure (HB 5279), introduced Wednesday says   ... MORE

Baylen Linnekin: Big Brother Is Watching You Eat

Your betters say it's for your own good.      Just how far is the federal government willing to go to push Americans to make subjectively “healthy” food choices? Chillingly far, if the most recent meeting of the federal government’s Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) is any indicator. The DGAC is made up of fifteen academics,       ... MORE

20 Dumb Ways Government Wasted Your Money In 2013

by John Giokaris.     "The cupboard is bare ...There’s no more cuts to make." That’s what House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told CNN’s State of the Union in September during an interview about spending reform. Really? She can’t find any spending to cut in the federal budget? Why can’t she start with the $30 billion in government   ...  MORE

Pouring Cold Water On San Francisco's Soda Tax

by Baylen Linnekin.       Last month the San Francisco city council introduced a proposal to tax soda at a rate of two cents per ounce. The tax, which would have to be approved by voters, would add a whopping $1.44 to the cost of a six-pack of soda. The council liked the idea so much that they soon introduced a competing proposal to tax soda      ... MORE

Froma Harrop: Scandal In Candyland

Taxpayers get not-so-sweet deal.            Ever notice how some government programs draw the ire of almost everyone? Conservatives, liberals, environmentalists, libertarians, business, labor, consumers and grouchy taxpayers are all opposed. Yet these programs go on as though directed by an unstoppable particle beam from a neighboring     ... MORE

Andrew Langer: Free Markets Vs False Markets

Government puts shackles on producers.       One of the great benefits of free markets is that they are eminently adaptable, constantly changing to meet the forces of supply, demand, and price. They are, in many ways, like organisms or ecosystems, evolving over time to improve. As factors change, industries or firms meet those changes,      ... MORE

The Bogus Public Health Attack On Sugar

by Julian Morris. Health activists are in a tizzy over sugar and fast food, which they blame for the obesity “epidemic.” Responding to these concerns, politicians have sought to tax or regulate the alleged culprits. Tort lawyers, smelling tobacco-settlement-scale greenbacks, have been gearing up to sue companies producing sugary beverages. Last     ... MORE

Steven Chapman: The Tyranny Of The Virtuous

We haven't yet rid ourselves of the Puritans!   The first law of thermodynamics says that energy can't be created and can't be destroyed — it can only be changed from one form into another. The same holds true of the puritanical impulse. Puritanism in the historical sense is as dead as the Salem witches. The religious group that settled in New     ... MORE

VIDEO: On Bloomberg, Authority And Police States

Jerry Day tears into NY Nanny-In-Chief Bloomberg's presumptions of authority.

Brad Hamilton: Nanny Bloomberg's War On Free Choice

NYC bans 2-liter bottles of soda with pizza delivery.   Take a big gulp, New York: Hizzoner is about to give you a pop. Nanny Bloomberg unleashes his ban on large sodas on March 12 — and there are some nasty surprises lurking for hardworking families. Say goodbye to that 2-liter bottle of Coke with your pizza delivery, pitchers of soft drinks at your     ... MORE