Mikey Bloomberg needs a fat bastard tax

Michael Bloomberg’s planned soft drink tax took one in the chook:

A judge struck down New York City’s groundbreaking limit on the size of sugar-laden drinks shortly before it was set to take effect.

The judge agreed with the beverage industry and other opponents that the rule is arbitrary in applying to only some sweet beverages and some places that sell them.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has championed the rule as a pioneering move for fighting obesity. It follows on other efforts his administration has made to improve New Yorkers’ eating habits, from compelling chain restaurants to post calorie counts on their menus to barring artificial trans-fats in restaurant food to prodding food manufacturers to use less salt. 

Taxing fat or sugar or anything else in food is going to be really hard. The Danes tried and it failed. There are so many food sources, and so easy to overlook one type of food and appear absurd because of it.

The far simpler way would be to tax the fat bastard, not the fat. If you are a fat bastard as measured by something like the BMI you impose high costs on society because you are a fat bastard. Fat bastards have expensive health issues, and that costs. A fat bastard tax would pass the costs of being a fat bastard onto the fat bastard rather than having society subsidise health care for fat bastard.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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