A recent op-ed in the New York Times by columnist Maureen Dowd entitled “Hold the Fries” suggests President Obama is sending mixed signals on nutrition. Proclaiming that the president is eating out of both sides of his mouth by preaching arugula while enjoying hamburgers with Vice President Biden misses the point. There is too much debate about what we eat rather than the amount we consume.

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(If you drive a car car), I’ll tax the street,
(If you try to sit sit), I’ll tax your seat,
(If you get too cold cold), I’ll tax the heat,
(If you take a walk walk), I’ll tax your feet.
Taxman.

 

            …The Beatles

The debate on taxing soft drinks continues in Washington. USA Today reported yesterday that the soda tax was still under consideration by the Senate Finance Committee. Health experts are arguing that taxes will lower sugared soft drink consumption and, ultimately, result in consumers’ losing weight. Of course this is also good for the Federal Treasury since new revenues will be collected.

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