I received this from my mother via e-mail. Fortunately for me, I don’t drink much soda. Right? *snort* Like it’ll stop there.
> > By JOHN GRAY
> > So let me get this straight. The governor closes down the ice skating rink
> > at the Empire State Plaza because we can’t afford it – ice skating, an
> > activity which provides free exercise to children of all ages. Then, like 10
> > minutes later, he announces that we are all too fat and he needs to punish us with
> > an obesity tax.
> > Does this make sense to you? I doubt the governor reads my insignificant
> > little column but here’s a thought: Let’s take all the fat kids out of
> > school for one hour a week, bring them to the governor’s mansion in Albany and
> > they can beat the dirt out of those $20,000 carpets they bought him.
> > Do you have any idea how many calories you burn whacking a rug with a
> > stick? Me neither, but it must be at least 10 or 20.
> > Welcome to 2009, the “year of the tax” in New York state.
> > The state’s in trouble and we all need to help by digging a little deeper
> > when we purchase all those little things that make life tolerable. Things
> > like Pepsi.
> > So what happens now? So what is the governor’s hope here? That people will
> > switch to diet soda? Is that really better for them?
> > I can get a half-dozen nutritionists on the phone right now who will tell
> > you different.
> > Did you notice something else, boys and girls? It wasn’t called the
> > “soda20tax.” It’s called the obesity tax. Don’t fool yourself into
> > thinking that’s an accident. A “soda tax” implies this starts and ends with soda.
> > An “obesity tax” tells me there is more to come. And why shouldn’t there be,
> > if you use the governor’s logic?
> > Tax sugary soda and the kids drink less, right? Well, if we really want to
> > cut down on bad eating, let’s really sink our teeth into this problem.
> > Let’s tax cookies, potato chips, lollypops and candy of all kinds. Like that?
> > I’m just getting started. Those shakes at McDonald’s are high in calories, so
> > let’s tax extra for them.
> > I have nothing against French fries, but no child under 16 should eat more
> > than a small portion. You want to go for the medium or large size fries,
> > pay an extra 50-cent tax.
> > Any fitness trainer will tell you diet is only part of the equation.
> > What about all those people at the mall taking the escalator instead of
> > walking the stairs? Let’s be a leader and launch the nation’s first
> > escalator/elevator tax. I think a nickel should do it..
> > I also noticed that when people buy books and newspapers, they tend to sit
> > and read them. How about the reading tax? Caught sitting under a tree
> > enjoying the latest Grisham novel? That’ll be a dime, my friend.
> > What happened to us? This country was forged and founded by independent t
> > railblazers who took responsibility for their lives, family and country.
> > Somehow, we wake up 200 years later and our government leaders treat us
> > like we’re incapable of tying our own shoes – which is perhaps a challenge for
> > people who can’t bend over their gut. We need Mommy and Daddy to impose
> > laws to make us live the life they think we should.
> > I have three kids, and none of them drink soda. Why? Because their mom and
> > I got them drinking juice and water before they could walk. Now they have no
> > interest in soda. It’s called parenting. And, frankly, if my neighbor
> > wants his kid to drink Coke and eat Cheetos all day, that’s his business. We
> > shouldn’t be taxing him into a better diet.
> > I wouldn’t be so angry about it if I didn’t hear state leaders telling us
> > this is about our health. It’s not. It’s about money. You got it, they
> > need it and by God they are going to find a way to get it from you.
> > I don’t want to hear another politician whine about how terrible it is
> > that the youngest, sharpest minds finish college and then bolt from this state.
> > This is why. This is exactly the thing that makes anywhere but here look
> > better. That and the lousy winters.
> > At least you can go ice skating at the plaza.
> > Oh, wait. Never mind.
> > John Gray is a news anchor on WXAA-Fox TV 23.