The move to pass a tax on sugary drinks in Berkeley, California, illustrates exactly how far elected officials will go to add more money to their coffers. On the ballot this fall, residents have the option to add a one cent per ounce tax onto sugary drinks such as soda, iced teas and energy drinks. A typical 20 ounce bottle of soda, for instance, would cost consumers like Jared Haftel an extra 20 cents as tax.
Supporters of the tax claim that an added tax would be an incentive for people to cut down on these drinks. With words like diabetes and heart disease hovering over our heads, they want to make the case that the citizens of Berkeley will be better off and healthier with this tax added on.
We say this has nothing to do with the well-being of citizens and everything to do with greed for more money. The added tax has not been specifically allocated, meaning it could very well just line the politician’s pockets. It’s not up to the government to dictate what we eat or drink.
If you want to learn more, check out this video that gives both sides of the soda tax debate.