Sunday, August 2, 2009

I'mmmmm BaaAAAack!

For those of you who read my posts regularly, you should know by the title, this is more than an update of whats in my life.

For a while I have heard talk about our oh so wonderful politicians are thinking about an "obesity tax". If you don't know what this would be, it is an added tax on sodas, and juices. Because they contribute to us being overweight, or so the politicians say. I honestly didnt think anything would ever come of this,.. until a week or so ago.

I work for Pepsi Bottling Ventures in Wilmington, NC. We are the third largest bottler for Pepsi in the U.S. When I went to work, there were a stack of petitions, and a sign saying that congress was set to vote on making this tax real. Uh-oh.

I have not heard if this passed or not, but if it didn't, I am sure that it is not over if it did not.

Here are my concerns over this whole new tax they want.
1. Just what are they going to use this money for? Probably to line their pockets. It should be written into law that if this passes that the money will go to fund a national healthcare system. I am talking basically free for all. Or at the very least, free up until age 16 or so.
2. Are they crazy? We are in a recession, possibly a depression. People are losing jobs, houses, and all sorts of other problems, do they not realize that an additonal tax, espescially one like this would hurt everyone, espescially those already hurting? This new tax could even affect my job. Slim chance, but still possible.
3. Where will it stop? Please, sodas and juice drinks? While we are at it why not tax alcohol (although i have heard of a new one for that alone too)? It causes some weight gain. And oh, why not add on tobbacco? People use it, lose stamina, get lazy, then overweight. Oh, oh! Add on movies, television, and video games! All these cause us to sit on our asses instead of moving around! How about an added tax to gas, or at least one to drive our cars! If we all walked or used some kind of human transportation (bikes, boards, skates, feet) we would be getting excersise, thus not getting fat! Oh, how about a food tax. Any thing deemed unhealthy is taxed more. (candy, chips, fast food, snacks, appetizers, ice cream) The list goes on and on of what contributes to us gaining weight!

People pass this around! Tell your friends. email this around! We are responsible for our lives. Yes, that monster piece of cheesecake sounds good, but you just had that medium rare steak with blue cheese melted on it, with a side salad with buttermilk ranch dressing somthering it, a glass or high end red wine, and a baked potatoe somthered in butter, cheese, and REAL bacon. But take a pass. If you eat just one double cheeseburger combo, you are satisfied, and can still funtion, but that Big Mac combo stuffs you, and you can't. We are ultimately resposible for what we put into our bodies. We can not let the government tell us otherwise. ( i know that some people have medical disorders where they cant stop eating, but they are responsible for seeking help, thus they have some control) For the next thing we know the government will be placing a tax on us just to be alive,... ALL FOR OUR OWN GOOD. because you know, we have no idea whats best for us, THEY DO.

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