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what I suppose one would expect.
Except I thought there was some saying along the lines of How California goes, so goes the nation? I guess this is the other way around with us following New York City's lead.
Some of you may of heard of New York City is poised to ban the use of trans fats in restaraunts. Well, state assemblybabe, Bonnie Garcia, Republican from Cathedral City, took notice and is introducing a bill to ban trans fats from all food in California. Gee, I'll feel so much safer then.
The Sacramento Bee editorializes the issue and suggests that, rather than banning trans fats, we place a tax on all such foods to discourage people from eating them- the Fat Tax, if you will, raises its ugly head again.
They also suggest the revenue from a trans fat tax could be used to buy health insurance for children and the uninsured. Didn't we hear something along the same lines just recently?
But of course: the recently defeated attempt to raise the tobacco tax! That tax was supposed to raise money for all kinds of special interests. Not only that, in their next breath we were told how many people would end up quitting smoking because of the tax.
Interesting way to look at things: Pick a popular cause, then create tax on something you don't want people to buy to fund your cause. Doesn't make sense to me and I can't help but wonder if the Sacramento Bee was one of the newspapers that came out against the recent tobacco tax because of the exact same line of thinking being used.
Be sure to check out the Bee's editorial and the comments, as well. As always, you can use humboldtlib as the username and blogspot as the password.