So, over in the UK, there was a court case over Pringles chips. It seems the chips were subject to a 17.5 percent "value add" tax similar to other potato foods, except that Pringles are only 42 percent potato. The ruling allowed the chips to be tax exempt.
Now, you can wonder about a couple things here. First, exactly what is the other 58 percent of the chip? But more importantly the concept of taxing a certain food. I like this concept.
Are you ready? Deep breath, and here is the rant:
Because with all the subsidized ingredients going into these items, perhaps there should be a tax that somehow offsets the ultimate price of junk food consumption on all of us taxpayers.
That's right, kids. Tax the Baconator, The Big Gulp, The Biggie with Fries. Tax the crap out of the crap. That way, every time I see an obese four-year-old being pushed in a stroller while sipping a 32 oz. coke, at least I know that a buck was put back in investments for that kid's future battle in 40 years with Type II Diabetes.
But wait. There's more. Half of the funds raised off every chip, trans-fat laden donut, tater tot, chili fry, Whopper, soda, and sugar-packed cereal box goes toward nutrition education and making healthy foods accessible to those who can afford them least. Half for prevention, half for the aftermath. None of the burden on taxpayers unless we are eating those foods. Better foods for those who cannot afford them now. It's a big win. Unless you are a food manufacturer or fast food chain.
Think about it. Think about the funds raised daily from this kind of tax, based on what Americans eat, and just how much that would fund for public health care. It's staggering, isn't it?
I'm not crazy. I'm not out of line. They did a similar tax with another harmful product to try and cut consumption. This is, of course, cigarettes. Crap food is every bit as much of a threat, possibly more because at least they don't start pushing cigarettes to kids at age two through Cartoon Network.
Because, maybe, just maybe that kind of tax is what it will take to get food manufacturers to think about what they are selling. Or, to at least fund the impending health crisis in which 40 percent of girls and 30 percent of boys will have Type II Diabetes by middle age.