Saturday, June 12, 2010

The left hand knows not what the right hand doeth.

The proposed soda tax, and all the other "obesity" taxes, really annoy me. They really annoy me because the reason soda, and so many other fattening foods, are cheap is because the government subsidizes the fattening ingredients! Here's a much simpler idea. Stop subsidizing sugar. Stop subsidizing corn, which is then turned into corn syrup and put in everything. Remove all of America's agricultural subsidies.

A crop which is subsidized is, almost by definition, one that can be stored long-term. And a crop that can be stored long-term is, almost by definition, one that has had most of the nutrients stripped out of it. (That one is easy to see, if you think about it bit. You can only store something that other things won't or can't eat. If it doesn't provide a balanced diet even for bacteria, you can store it for a very long time.)

If you want to solve the obesity crisis, don't ask what the government can do for you, ask what the government can stop doing for you, because the government is what caused it.

2 Comments:

Blogger Lady Jayd said...

Corn isn't all bad. Corn syrup... now that's hideous. But please don't forget the farmers who need corn to raise tasty beef and stuff. Yes?

12:01 PM  
Blogger Octavo Dia said...

They make corn syrup in order to store the excess corn produced because of the subsidies. It was artificially cheap, and that's why we put it in everything.

7:15 PM  

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