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03-06-2013, 02:02 PM
RE: Should soft drinks be banned or heavily taxed?
(03-06-2013 12:27 PM)mysterics Wrote:  No, it's throwing the baby out with the bath water, not all of them contain questionable ingredients or alarming amounts of sugar, and yes is an infringement on liberty, if health problems are a concern maybe they should have labels for certain amount of ingredients, like "this beverage contains an alarming amount of sugar and should be consumed with care." mind you a lot of them already do have 'not suitable for children under 5' though it's in the small print.
Though I also believe in legalizing most recreational drugs.

And I wouldn't be opposed to legalizing drugs, however, you're ignoring the bigger problem for the myopic one. Our culture is very addiction oriented. Nothing seems to happen in moderation. There is a reason that over half the population is overweight and nearly one forth is obese. Sometimes it is necessary for regulations to be put into place to curve the addictions we crave. If people were better educated and had better self control we wouldn't need these laws.
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03-06-2013, 04:35 PM
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How about making healthy drinks cheaper, look, 1.25 for a bottle of water vs .75 for a can of soda...I'm gonna go with the can.

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03-06-2013, 08:22 PM
RE: Should soft drinks be banned or heavily taxed?
(03-06-2013 02:02 PM)LordRelentless Wrote:  Sometimes it is necessary for regulations to be put into place to curve the addictions we crave.

If there were any evidence whatever that laws stop people from acquiring and consuming that which they desire, it would still be an abhorrent action to take.

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03-06-2013, 10:01 PM
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Is this even a real question that people worry about? What the fuck is wrong with people?

You can't legislate people's behavior. It isn't a way to preserve democracy and freedom. Some people will have the personal strength and wisdom to drink healthy drinks, and some people will choose to sacrifice their health, for some sugar and enjoyment. Trying to influence them via taxes or banning, is pointless and an insult to the busy schedule of our legislative branch of government. Surely they have better things to do, than hold the baby hand of America.

Have we suddenly decided that we value taxation and restrictive laws, more than we love our individuality and freedom? Surely even the freedom to do harm, make poor choices, and take unhealthy substances, is more precious to us than being hand held like a fucking child.

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03-06-2013, 11:33 PM
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(03-06-2013 10:01 PM)Prometheus762 Wrote:  Is this even a real question that people worry about? What the fuck is wrong with people?

You can't legislate people's behavior. It isn't a way to preserve democracy and freedom. Some people will have the personal strength and wisdom to drink healthy drinks, and some people will choose to sacrifice their health, for some sugar and enjoyment. Trying to influence them via taxes or banning, is pointless and an insult to the busy schedule of our legislative branch of government. Surely they have better things to do, than hold the baby hand of America.

Have we suddenly decided that we value taxation and restrictive laws, more than we love our individuality and freedom? Surely even the freedom to do harm, make poor choices, and take unhealthy substances, is more precious to us than being hand held like a fucking child.

We legistlate peoples behaviour when it about theft and murder and pretty much anything that affects society or others.

Unhealthy people dont just hurt themselves. They hurt others and society as a whole.

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04-06-2013, 08:09 AM
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I am from a country with free health care and work in the fitness industry and see a lot of our youth obese or on their way, who get pop and junk at school if any of you don't think this is a problem your heads are in the sand. We can't ban it but we can make it expensive through tax and then make fruit and vegetables and quality protein cheaper That it is cheaper to eat a box of Kraft dinner with a gallon of Pepsi than it is to eat chicken sweet potato and broccoli washed done with a good old h2o is just plain wrong and a big reason why North Americans are so fat

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04-06-2013, 08:23 AM
RE: Should soft drinks be banned or heavily taxed?
No. Neither.

Seriously, how much government regulation do you want? How much control of your life do you want to give over to others?

Are people who consume large quantities of unhealthy food ignorant? Stupid? Self-destructive?

I don't know. But neither you nor I has the right to stop them, or even impede them.

What our responsibility may be is education. Lead the horses' asses to water.Drinking Beverage

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04-06-2013, 09:28 AM
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How come Americans( and I am assuming those who oppose government regulation are mostly American) are so scared of socialist governments. sometimes it works , Look at country's that rate high in quality of life, happiness, low crime and low obesity country's like Sweden .Denmark,Norway and to a lesser extent my country Canada, Just maybe capitalism isn't such a good thing and maybe trusting your government( a little) won't cause the world to crumble, it has been awhile since 1783

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04-06-2013, 09:53 AM
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What next, they tell me how much sugar (if any) I can put in the iced tea I make at home?

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04-06-2013, 10:25 AM
Should soft drinks be banned or heavily taxed?
(04-06-2013 09:53 AM)Anjele Wrote:  What next, they tell me how much sugar (if any) I can put in the iced tea I make at home?

Typical right wing logic... If the government wants to limit corporations pushing toxic things on us well right after that they are going to be in my kitchen telling me how much sugar I can put in my tea. Sounds like you know alot about tea parties...
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