Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Micromanaging Your Life So You Don't Have To: California Soda


Blogger Pete Mack said...

It is not an open and shut case: obesity has a huge external cost to society, in increased medical insurance costs, lost work days, etc. Soda is dirt cheap to make, with a great markups so taxing it is not completely unreasonable. A better solution is to eliminate all subsidies on sugar and corn syrup, which would make healthier food relatively more competitive

5:09 PM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

I agree with the last part, man.

But, as for the first part: that also goes for eating meat, eating too much (ergo serving meat and big portions at restaurants), not exercising, taking certain supplements...and a whole lotta other stuff, too. I don't disagree that the public good can be served in an important sense by such regulations--I'm saying that there's no sense in which soda is special... except that liberals hate it because it's gauche. And that slope is slippery as hell. In fact, it's not even a slope, it's a cliff.

12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Soda, like popcorn at movie theaters is where a restaurant's profit lies, and restaurants are already running on thin margins. With $15/hr wages for front of the house staff how are they to stay in business?

1:11 PM  

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