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Old 09-07-2009, 12:09 PM   #31
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How about a tax on AIDs' sufferers, if we're going to be consistent?


government spends lots and lots of money on preventative medicine -- condoms, safe sex, screening blood, etc. they could do much more with clean needle exchanges. that's much more along the lines of encouraging healthy eating.
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President Obama says 'sin tax' on sodas is food for thought, despite Gov. Paterson's failed proposal
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every wondered why is food filled with corn syrup so much cheaper than healthy organic food?
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every wondered why is food filled with corn syrup so much cheaper than healthy organic food?
First caucus being in Iowa every 4 years = corn subsidies and sugar tariffs.
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First caucus being in Iowa every 4 years = corn subsidies and sugar tariffs.


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every wondered why is food filled with corn syrup so much cheaper than healthy organic food?

Preach on Irvine511

HFCS is cheap, dirt cheap.
It's cost less than pure cane sugar and other natural sweetners.

I think it is one of the major causes of obesity today.



*email Coke and other big soda companies! Tell them to to stop using HFCS.
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Preach on Irvine511

HFCS is cheap, dirt cheap.
It's cost less than pure cane sugar and other natural sweetners.

I think it is one of the major causes of obesity today.



*email Coke and other big soda companies! Tell them to to stop using HFCS.



or, don't buy Coke.
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*email Coke and other big soda companies! Tell them to to stop using HFCS.
Just as long as you're willing to pay more...
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*email Coke and other big soda companies! Tell them to to stop using HFCS.
No need, I only drink the Diet kind!
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No need, I only drink the Diet kind!
you could ask them to end their complicity in the murder of trade unionists in colombia.
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you could ask them to end their complicity in the murder of trade unionists in colombia.
Look, you'll have to pry the Diet Coke from my dead, cold hands!
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Calories are calories; if you drink (nondiet) sodas like they're water, and an awful lot of Americans do, then chances are you're gonna get fat, period, regardless of whether they're sweetened with corn syrup, beet sugar, or cane sugar. On the other hand, if you're reserving them as an optional occasional treat, which is exactly what you should do (if you wish to drink them at all), then who cares if the taxes on them go up?

Sugar prices are themselves artificially supported, that's why corn syrup is economically competitive in the first place.
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Calories are calories; if you drink (nondiet) sodas like they're water, and an awful lot of Americans do, then chances are you're gonna get fat, period, regardless of whether they're sweetened with corn syrup, beet sugar, or cane sugar.
Exactly! I don't care if coke uses hfcs or cane sugar - drinking too much of it will not serve your body well.

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Sugar prices are themselves artificially supported, that's why corn syrup is economically competitive in the first place.
So why would we want to turnover EVEN MORE of the pricing of health care premiums, drugs, medical procedures et cetera to this same system of subsidies, lobbying, politicking and government price controls?
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Unless we outlaw both private and public health insurance, which would have, er, catastrophic effects, then we'll never have anything resembling a free market in health services. Ensuring adequate healthcare access for all is a moral imperative; ensuring freedom from foreign competition for sugar farmers is not, and should probably be phased out completely (which isn't to say that sugar price supports weren't at one time sound policy).
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