Wednesday, December 20, 2006

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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.

6 Comments:

At 1:09 PM, Anonymous RMostranski said...

so Fred, if the government is going to put a tax on foods that are bad for us (that scientist say) then that means that we will be all healthy and vibrant...

Then again, isn't this another form of the government telling me what to eat and not to eat, taking my liberties from me.

So, I guess we just call the gonvernment hot line every morning to get our direction for the day, do this, don't do that, and if you did that---please pay the penalty and if you cant pay--we have a monthly installment plan...

As the government saying goes, no need to worry for we will get the tax one way or the other--but look on the bright side, you will be a healthy taxed individual for years to come...

 
At 4:54 PM, Blogger Carol Ann said...

My oldest teenager has me studying the lables of EVERYTHING -- before I buy. It takes a lot longer to shop. I am a big pie maker and use to use Crisco shortening, a big No-No, as it contains partially hydrogenated oil also called transfat. Now I go to ENF and buy non-transfat shortening and use a little butter. Pie crust comes out great. Bread is another item difficult to find without transfat or the use of corn syrup. Read the labels or make your own bread. I don't know about the tax idea, but I am all in favor of nutritional education and to have clear food labels (Does the print have to be so small? -- I have to wear my glasses to shop.)

 
At 7:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I propose an exercise for all of you boys and girls who hang out here. It is rainy and damp (flu and cold season). 1)Go to your nearest drug store. 2) Do not bring your drivers license. 3) Buy (or try to) a 24 tablet package of Sudafed™, a widely used over the counter decongestant that will cost under $5.00. Good luck. After that ordeal drive to Weitchpec and contact either Dirty Bert Coburn or any of the Kelley boys and buy a dime bag of crank. Report back as to which transaction was easier.

 
At 5:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 7:49 AM, Blogger Carol Ann said...

This is an excellent issue (Transfat) Estelle one KMUD news had a very in-depth discussion last night. There is a repeat broadcast this morning at 8 AM.

 
At 8:03 AM, Blogger Fred said...

I'm curious how the people that insist upon flouride being added to drinking water feel about the proposed ban on trans fats?

 

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