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Gernot 
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Subj: Think of it this way....
Posted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 at 05:49:53 pm EDT (Viewed 533 times)
Reply Subj: Re: I Have A Problem With No. 4.
Posted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 at 05:50:29 pm EST (Viewed 793 times)

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You'd be putting a tax on CHEAP food (unhealthy = cheap). Eating one cheeseburger and fries is cheaper than having to purchase the ham for your sandwiches.

Also, if too many people quit eating out, fewer people will be able to work at the restaraunts for poor wages, meaning the economy will take ANOTHER hit. \:\(


I agree with MJ's point on this. Think of it this way.

Say you're down to $5 until your next paycheck comes next week.

Your options are to spend that $5 on one meal at McDonald's, meaning you can get a burger, fries and a soft drink.

OR

You can spend your $5 on a loaf of bread (even wheat bread can be bought for about 1.29 depending on the brand) and some deli turkey or ham (prepackaged or fresh cut from the deli depending how much you get) and you can make sandwiches from that for the rest of the week.

You have more food if you go with the second option as opposed to the first and while prepackaged deli meats are exactly the pinnacle of health they are a lot better than a McDonald's meal.

I think that's the point MJ was trying to make. Having a "junk food tax" won't make people starve, it will force them to make a hard choice and hopefully a majority of them (if they're in any way smart and have the instinct to survive) will go with the option that will yield the most food for them, which in this case would be the healthier of the two options.

I really don't see why you or anyone would have a problem with that.


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