Ron talks about why he believes a tax on pop (or soda) is unnecessary. Why? Because you are responsible for your own health. If you choose to drink pop, that’s on you. Whatever lifestyle you choose to lead, the consequences are nobody’s fault but yours.
Uh oh. Diet. You know with a name like diet it’s got to be good for you. No, obviously we can’t get away with showing you the brand name, A&W, that would be wrong. But it doesn’t matter. It can be Coca Cola, Pepsi, you name it. Who cares? But check this out.
In a recent paper article, “Would you cut back on soda if you had to pay tax on it?” It’s like cigarette tax, it’s like alcoholic tax, it’s like tax, tax. You know, they’re taxing everything now, it still doesn’t seem to work. That’s another blog-o-sphere. Their theory here is that if you tax people for drinking pop, they’ll still drink pop.
But we can make a lot of money of off them because they’re drinking pop because in their words, “They’re going to be able to raise $17 billion, or $13 billion a year, also save $17 billion in medical costs if it drives down the consumption of pop.” Now it really didn’t work for cigarettes. They say it did, but I don’t know. Go stand outside of a casino or a bar and you see like masses of people. It just becomes another kind of equity source for the government.
Should you tax stuff like that? No. You want to drink pop, drink pop. That’s your business, but know what’s going to happen. And when you get obese and fat and diabetic and when you get arteriosclerosis because your arteries are snapping shut because you’re too monstrously big to get out the door, all because you have 50 cans of CocaCola a day? That’s on you.
You pay for it. You pay for the emergency room. You pay for the doctors and you pay for the trip to and from all the special things that you’re going to have to do to get your oxygen mask and to get your special spoon so that you don’t miss a drop of all the special treatment and ointments and stuff you’re going to have to do. All because why? You’re arrogant enough to think that, “I don’t care. I’m going to drink pop and eat pizza.” I think you should.
Should we tax it? Absolutely not. You’re getting what you deserve. All right? Or, you could just not drink it, you could not smoke it, you could not eat it. Live a healthy, happy life like me and Gary, my super ninja director man. Or you can just go ahead and waddle off onto the sunset with your neighbors. Go play bridge and stare at each other’s ever widening kiesters. Go away, I’m done with you.