The first time we hear a Crazy Idea we say to our collective selves, “That’s a Crazy Idea”.
The next time we hear that Crazy Idea we say to our collective selves, “There’s that Crazy Idea again!”
The next time we hear that Crazy Idea discussed it is a bunch of Talking Heads on TV and the Crazy Part is gone and they are talking about a Topical Idea of the Day.
The first time we heard that the former mayor of New York City wanted to shoot anyone who drank a big sugary soda in his city most of us thought he was being silly. Thank heaven the courts got involved and stopped him and his sweet police after only a few people were shot.
In the old days that would have been the end of such an idea but not in today’s Good Ole USofA. Not by a long shot. Now we have...
- Representative Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut recently launched the first national effort in years to tax soda drinks.
- The Connecticut lawmaker is under no illusion about the chances that her Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Tax Act will become law.
- She does not even expect the bill to come to a vote.
- However, she is forging ahead anyway anyway.
- DeLauro said, "We have a serious health problem. It is in part related to the consumption of sugar and added sugars and sugary beverages. Therefore we need to move to do something to avert this crisis."
- DeLauro's legislation would levy a one-cent tax on manufacturers for every teaspoon of sugar in their beverages.
- San Francisco and Berkeley will hold ballot measures to introduce soda taxes in November.
(Why is it that the remedies proposed to real or imagined maladies in our society always involve the levying of higher taxes?)
As is usually the case, the Smartfella has alternative courses of action to propose...
- How about an Absence of Taxes Tax? Imagine the number of children we could help with the revenue that could be generated by taxing everything.
- Sugar now and salt next. Actually a Salt Tax should have been before a sugar tax. We could go a long way to eliminating poverty in the Good Ole USofA by levying a one cent tax for every time one of us shook a salt shaker over our food.
- Stupidity would generate a humongous amount of revenue. We could start with that college student I saw on TV the other day who proposed that we fight the ISIS Terrorists by dropping food on them.
Would I kid u?
Lagniappe: More than one breathless Connecticut Voter has been heard to say, “I’ll follow Rosa DeLauro anywhere”. Looking at her all dressed up below you can easily see why... Or can you?