Governor Patterson of New York proposed a 18 percent "obesity tax" on non-diet soft drinks.
Is obesity a problem? Yes. Do many children drink too much soda? Yes. Is the state facing a major budget deficit? Yes.
However, while the tax will raise money, I don't think it will address the obesity problem. If they are going to tax soda, tax the diet ones too. After all, nobody knows the long terms effects of drinking those chemicals.
I love Coke. I try to limit my intake to one or two glasses a month. In Italy, Coke is still made with sugar. In America HFCS replaced sugar back in the early 80s. And yes I can tell the difference.
Last year New York Magazine asked several chefs what they thought about the tax. Prune Chef/owner Gabrielle Hamilton's words about Coca-Cola were so dead on. There are very few things I love more than a nice ice-filled glass of Coke. Preach on Ms. Hamilton. Preach on.
I question the idea of legislating or taxing the “symptom” and not addressing the root problem. A well-timed ice-cold Coca-Cola is one of life’s greatest taste and sensory experiences: the way it makes your eyes sting and tear up, and the back of your throat gets that chalky moment as good or better even than some of the highest tannins in a big red wine, and then the full sugar and caffeine rush that completely cures what ails you. I’m not saying every day and I’m not saying three a day. I mean one perfectly placed Coke in your week.