I didn’t watch much of the Super Bowl, but I did catch this (rather poorly-produced, IMO) ad against the menace of new “food taxes” on things like soda and other sugary drinks.
The ad doesn’t specify which taxes it’s arguing against, but supposing that someone is proposing such taxes, I’d like to make a counter-proposal.
Instead of levying taxes on soda, etc., why not eliminate the subsidies we pay to grow corn, much of which ends up in high fructose corn syrup, which is used to produce these beverages? (From 1995-2009, the U.S. government subsidized corn to the tune of nearly $74 billion. Source)
Now, considering that the group responsible for that ad, “Americans Against Food Taxes,” is largely made up of business that wouldn’t be able to produce their sugary wares and sell them so cheaply without these generous subsidies from the U.S. taxpayer, I’m not going to hold my breath waiting for them to agree.