Skip to comments.Obama’s 2009 stimulus chief says taxes and rules on junk food are coming
Posted on 11/29/2012 11:05:53 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Larry Summers, chair of the White House National Economic Council when the 2009 stimulus was developed, suggested that President Obama will eventually tax and regulate junk food to drive people to eat more healthily although he dinged First Lady Michelle Obamas healthy foods initiative.
I think there is no question that the way Americans eat and what Americans weigh is a big contributor to health problems and its a big contributor to health costs, Summers said on Morning Joe today.Its not the agenda now, but I think at some point youre going to see tax measures and regulatory measures that are going to be directed at helping people be healthier. Thats just going to happen and I think its probably a good thing when it does.
Summers this agenda to anti-cigarette policies. [J]ust as we have over time done things with respect to tobacco that are very constructive and that are saving hundreds of thousands of peoples lives, that kind of agenda is going to come to other aspects of public health, including the way people eat, he said.
Curiously, though, Summers took an oblique shot at the results of Mrs. Obamas overhaul of the school lunch menu as part of her effort to fight child obesity.
Should kids be going hungry at lunch because they cant have any good food any food they like in the schools? he asked rhetorically. You can obviously take it too far and you have to be careful.
In September, Kansas students released a Youtube video parody of the song, We are Young, called We are hungry that protested the new federal guidelines for school lunches.
Nanny State PING!
And Larry is just so damn skinny! Being serious; Larry is fat, according to Larry it’s because Larry eats junk food, so Larry is also rich, so how much would you have to tax junk food to get rich Larry to eat more healthy?
Larry can fry his own dang ground beef just fine at home too
We Freepers often muse that a gun confiscation or the bouncing of EBT cards will cause civil unrest but if you want to see riots on a nationwide scale this is THE way to do it.
Most junk food is already more expensive than meat per pound. Just imagine what John and Jane Q Public might do when they find their munchies are more than their cable bill. WooHoo!!
Exactly how does Obama get to do this unilaterally? Don't we have a Constitution that ascribes this power to Congress?
Section 8. Clause 1. The Congress shall have Power to lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States.
How about taxing your kid’s grades in school? AFTER ALL, we KNOW that kids who don’t make good grades in school are a DRAG on society as a whole ...
So, lets say that the cost to educate a kid is $10K/year.
Then, we tax based on grades:
A = 0% [$0], B = 5% [$500], C = 10% [$1000], D = 15% [$1500], and E = 20% [$2000]
But WAIT A MINUTE, thats not FAIR !!! Those with BETTER grades should be the ones that are taxed.
So, we tax in reverse - to spread the wealth around:
A = 0% [$2000], B = 5% [$1500], C = 10% [$1000], D = 15% [$500], and E = 20% [$0]
Forgot to change the percentages. Should be:
A = 20% [$2000], B = 15% [$1500], C = 10% [$1000], D = 5% [$500], and E = 0% [$0]
‘E’ grades? Coming from Obama, that actually would make sense.
We never had chips or soda when I was growing up so those things aren’t a big deal but keep your grubby hands off my chicken fried steak, hot biscuits with lots of real butter, gravy, mashed potatoes and my hot fudge sauce on my Blue Belle ice cream!
I see you’re going to need some re-education.
Repeat after me: Those getting fat on welfare do so because they a) live in food deserts, b) live in gym deserts, c) don’t have the time to eat or exercise right, and d) don’t have the money for organic food and gym membership.
Slip up again and we’ll have to tax you!
This explains 0bama’s take down of Hostess via his union buddies immediately following his re-election. McDonald’s, KFC and Burger King ‘hits’ under way.. Dictators always take the things people enjoy away from them. It’s all about CONTROL.
Then there was yesterday’s coordinated strike action at fast food joints across NYC, demanding $15/hour for all (so far nonunionized) employees.
Yep. Empowering illegals too, not Americans.