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(The Indy Channel)   Hey, Hey, Hey, could a "fat tax" be heading our way to cure America's obesity problem?   (theindychannel.com ) divider line
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2012-05-18 11:10:42 AM  
I'll support it so long as they add a clause that allows said fatty to have the tax waived if they do the truffle shuffle.
 
2012-05-18 11:12:44 AM  
Absolutely.

And before everyone goes all "LOL BUT PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY NO GOVERNMENT?" it should be pointed out that if they could take personal responsibility, we wouldn't be talking about this in the first place.
 
2012-05-18 11:15:11 AM  
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2012-05-18 11:16:58 AM  

Aarontology: Absolutely.

And before everyone goes all "LOL BUT PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY NO GOVERNMENT?" it should be pointed out that if they could take personal responsibility, we wouldn't be talking about this in the first place.


CANNOT TAKE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY
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2012-05-18 11:24:30 AM  
First they came for the cigarettes, and I said nothing...
 
2012-05-18 11:45:07 AM  
Well the "fat tax" Is in higher health care premiums, lower wages, and more out of pocket expenses.
 
2012-05-18 11:47:37 AM  
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2012-05-18 12:07:13 PM  
As long as they don't tax my 5 daily trips to McDonalds to buy each meal of a Big Mac, 20 mcNuggets, 2 mcFlurries, and 5 large fries. I need my sustenance, my momma always told me I was a big-boned boy.
 
2012-05-18 12:28:13 PM  
Taxes are not the solution. Here's the problem:

www.tc.umn.edu

Swap corn with vegetables. Produce is far too expensive in this country and we're practically paying people to eat corn syrup.
 
2012-05-18 12:33:48 PM  
A Lard Levy?

/fat chance
 
2012-05-18 12:38:11 PM  
We need to increase access toaffordable healthy foods in poor areas, so called "grocery deserts." When the only produce you can access is a $3 wilty head of iceberg, that cheeseburger and fries is looking mighty good.
 
2012-05-18 12:42:18 PM  

Aarontology: And before everyone goes all "LOL BUT PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY NO GOVERNMENT?" it should be pointed out that if they could take personal responsibility, we wouldn't be talking about this in the first place.


Fark 'em.
 
2012-05-18 12:51:20 PM  

Lumpmoose: Taxes are not the solution. Here's the problem:

[www.tc.umn.edu image 503x368]

Swap corn with vegetables. Produce is far too expensive in this country and we're practically paying people to eat corn syrup.


Farking THIS. A bunch of asparagus should be cheaper than a happy meal.
 
2012-05-18 12:57:44 PM  

Lumpmoose: Swap corn with vegetables. Produce is far too expensive in this country and we're practically paying people to eat corn syrup.


I don't think it's a cost issue. Ice cream, the decent stuff at least, is fairly expensive and people eat tons of it. Veggies could be free and people still wouldn't eat them.

It's a quantity issue, not a quality one. People need to eat less food, period. Making healthy food more affordable isn't going to help if a dinner of steamed veggies and chicken is followed by two slices of cake a la mode. I was on the poverty diet in college and while I ate a lot of processed crap for meals, I couldn't afford to buy all the junk food, so it was pretty easy to stay in shape.
 
2012-05-18 01:03:44 PM  
Since Obama promised that if you made under $250,000 per year, your taxes would not go up.........how about no?
 
2012-05-18 01:04:30 PM  

violentsalvation: Farking THIS. A bunch of asparagus should be cheaper than a happy meal.



Now that I'm an adult, I find that having stinky pee is more amusing that some crappy toy.
 
2012-05-18 01:18:15 PM  

Aarontology: Absolutely.

And before everyone goes all "LOL BUT PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY NO GOVERNMENT?" it should be pointed out that if they could take personal responsibility, we wouldn't be talking about this in the first place.


Is it any of your concern if I stuff my face with ice cream? Or if I smoked a joint? How about if I sucked a guy off?

Its none of your damned business
 
2012-05-18 01:21:28 PM  

Aarontology: Absolutely.

And before everyone goes all "LOL BUT PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY NO GOVERNMENT?" it should be pointed out that if they could take personal responsibility, we wouldn't be talking about this in the first place.


THIS.
 
2012-05-18 01:30:29 PM  
Could we do 50% tax increase and 50% cuts in corn and meat subsidies (with the money shifted to subsidizing fruits and vegetables)?

I'm okay with a tax on HFCS.
 
2012-05-18 01:30:49 PM  

Lumpmoose: Taxes are not the solution. Here's the problem:

[www.tc.umn.edu image 503x368]

Swap corn with vegetables. Produce is far too expensive in this country and we're practically paying people to eat corn syrup.



ADM, Monstanto, and the American Farm Bureau have way to much lobbying money to throw around for that to ever happen.
 
2012-05-18 01:37:08 PM  

sweetmelissa31: [24.media.tumblr.com image 480x360]


as usual it is The Libs who are the REAL fattists
 
2012-05-18 01:37:16 PM  

cman: Is it any of your concern if I stuff my face with ice cream? Or if I smoked a joint? How about if I sucked a guy off?

Its none of your damned business


Did you suck the guy off to pay for the ice cream or the joint?
 
2012-05-18 01:54:31 PM  

The_Sponge: violentsalvation: Farking THIS. A bunch of asparagus should be cheaper than a happy meal.


Now that I'm an adult, I find that having stinky pee is more amusing that some crappy toy.


Yes it is, although I have learned not to eat asparagus the night before a physical.
 
2012-05-18 01:55:10 PM  
First they came for the smokers...but you did nothing.
Then they came for the rich...but since you were fat AND lazy, you did nothing...

Your turn in the oven, fatties.

/told you so
 
2012-05-18 01:55:40 PM  

cman: Is it any of your concern if I stuff my face with ice cream? Or if I smoked a joint? How about if I sucked a guy off?


possibly, yes (but not if you ate pot brownies.. figure the difference out), and no respectively.

as for the first one (explaining the possibly): your health care costs affect everyone in your insurance pool's premium- when we decide to join the civilized world and stop letting (fraud) insurance companies and fraudster hospitals rape us and start to manage an actual health care system then everyone is in your insurance pool.

that isn't to say i necessarily support a "fat tax" - i think examining food subsidies and encouraging better eating/exercise habits is more appropriate.
 
2012-05-18 01:58:27 PM  

cman: How about if I sucked a guy off?


Okay.
 
2012-05-18 02:11:19 PM  

Kazan: your health care costs affect everyone in your insurance pool's premium- when we decide to join the civilized world and stop letting (fraud) insurance companies and fraudster hospitals rape us and start to manage an actual health care system then everyone is in your insurance pool.


And give control to the government who will deem what can be grow, how it can be grown, what and how it can be processed, how much you can purchase and how much you can consume.
 
2012-05-18 02:19:57 PM  

cman: Is it any of your concern if I stuff my face with ice cream? Or if I smoked a joint? How about if I sucked a guy off?


you know maybe you should do all of these things more often? you'd probably be happier
 
2012-05-18 02:31:43 PM  
Implementation-wise, it'd be easier to tax food. Probably faster, too.

And it'd have the same effect.
 
2012-05-18 02:32:10 PM  
Next, there will be a Penis Tax..which will tax all men who have illegitimate children and/or are super busy. Hey, at least a tax most Farkers will not have to worry about
 
2012-05-18 02:32:53 PM  
Chris Christie would say that would happen over his dead body, but that probably just puts it off at 3 years, tops.
 
2012-05-18 02:33:31 PM  
I'm okay with this.
 
2012-05-18 02:33:34 PM  
Does a cigarette tax solve our smoking problem?

Better question: Does a tax on an "unhealthy" consumable make a government obscenely rich, whilst simultaneously giving them every reason NOT to go after the purveyors of said commodity?
 
2012-05-18 02:33:37 PM  

cman: Aarontology: Absolutely.

And before everyone goes all "LOL BUT PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY NO GOVERNMENT?" it should be pointed out that if they could take personal responsibility, we wouldn't be talking about this in the first place.

Is it any of your concern if I stuff my face with ice cream? Or if I smoked a joint? How about if I sucked a guy off?

Its none of your damned business


It is when your hospital bills cause my insurance rates to go up.
 
2012-05-18 02:33:38 PM  
Not gonna happen our govt is the one giving farmers incentives to grow corn and make high fruc corn syrup. Idk why but for whatever reason our govt has pushing HFCS on us for years, if they want us to consume it then they are not gonna tax it
 
2012-05-18 02:33:39 PM  
Tax Assessor would become the most dangerous job in America.
 
2012-05-18 02:33:45 PM  
Let's just tax people based on their % of body fat and be done with it.
 
2012-05-18 02:33:58 PM  
If only certain sweet and salty food wasn't so much like crack. If a person has a bad enough sweet tooth, they'll pay through the nose for Oreos, like a 3 pack a day smoker.
 
2012-05-18 02:35:46 PM  
Why don't we tax food producers by calorie/fat/sugar per serving? It will drive up prices in the short term, but encourage them to find healthier (cheaper) ways to produce their food in the long term.
 
2012-05-18 02:36:36 PM  
im going to taco bell later. you know.... $2 meal deal... because a salad with a drink at most other places is about 6 bucks or more.
 
2012-05-18 02:36:43 PM  

ignatius_crumbcake: People need to eat less food, period.


I hear folks say the following WAY too often:
I am going on a diet, I will eat MORE (whole grain, veggies, fruits, etc.)
 
2012-05-18 02:36:45 PM  
End the farking corn subsidies already. HFCS is farking terrible for people and this country.
 
2012-05-18 02:37:07 PM  
If poor people can't afford to pay $3 for an ID to vote how can they afford more taxes on food to live?
 
2012-05-18 02:37:35 PM  
i exercise and lift weights, and eat 1500-2500 calories a day. yet am overweight.

why should i have to pay more taxes than u simply because i chose not to eat gay (salads)
 
2012-05-18 02:38:01 PM  
Yo ding dong, man, ding dong, ding dong, yo.
 
2012-05-18 02:38:14 PM  

Jerkwater: Why don't we tax food producers by calorie/fat/sugar per serving? It will drive up prices in the short term, but encourage them to find healthier (cheaper) ways to produce their food in the long term.


Sawdust. that's always the answer.
 
2012-05-18 02:38:24 PM  
What the fark did they expect to happen once everyone quit smoking?
 
2012-05-18 02:38:32 PM  
If they want to charge more for health care for fatties, then I'm all for it. Same with smokers. Fark em.
 
2012-05-18 02:38:41 PM  
What a buttered slippery slope this could turn into. Some obese people have lower levels of triglycerides and lower cholesterol than some skinny people who have extremely high levels. In that case, the more likely to die or need serious health care could be the skinny person.
 
2012-05-18 02:38:50 PM  
Go be taxed somewhere else
 
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