Rodney Hide at the NBR wades into the attack on the health troughers seeking to control and manipulate the population through increased taxes.
He will be accused of Dirty Politics next.
We have among us power-hungry elitists always urging governments to regulate, control and boss us about. They never pass an opportunity to call on government to spend more, tax more or tell us more what to do.
Their crowning glory is global warming: control CO2 emissions and you control industrial life.
But they never rest on their laurels. Nothing is too big, or too small, to escape their attention.
Fizzy drinks. Bad. Tax them.
It isn’t just fizzy drinks it is salt, fat and sugar, meaning they will want taxes on everyday items across the board, including staples like meat.
Their push for a tax on fizzy drinks highlights the modus operandi.
First, it’s always a grand cause. If it’s not saving the planet, it’s fighting childhood obesity.
Second, there will be experts in white coats chiming in on song. And so there are: plenty of professors of nutrition are ready to pipe up for a tax on fizzy drinks. And another grant.
Third, there must be little understanding of the problem but always no time to waste. We must push on with policy regardless. We can’t wait. The problem is too pressing. And so it is with obesity. We don’t know what causes it.
There’s the obvious cause that we eat too much. But such a statement explains nothing and only raises the question: why do we eat too much?