Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Don't use taxes to change behavior

Robert Enders, Libertarian candidate for the 80th District had a good letter to the editor published in the News Sentinel yesterday.

http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/newssentinel/news/editorial/15164108.htm

Text is:

Don't use taxes to change behavior

The governor has proposed that the cigarette tax be raised in order to promote public health. Yet obesity is more widespread among Hoosiers than lung cancer. Will he advocate a tax on fast food and junk food?

Taxes shouldn't be used to discourage legal behavior. I don't smoke, but I believe if you are old enough to vote, you are old enough to choose what to put in your body. With the right to vote comes the right of self-determination. If you have the right to choose your president, governor and representatives, then you have the right to make your own health choices.

Robert Enders

3 comments:

Tim Zank said...

Great Letter Robert!

Robert Enders said...

Thank you for reposting it here.

Bobett said...

Absolutely brilliant idea! Where's
the money!

And don't forget the extra sugar drinks, Pepsi or Coke Cola...ect.

Ya think this would raise some serious tax cash fast!

The down side is there are still some people who need fat content and can not gain weight. In that regard, it would be unfair to penalize and tax those skinny people trying to gain weight. Fast
food joints could make some bucks
serving protein/vitamin shakes.

There's an idea that will make someone rich and serve the next
$ Billion!