I Hate You, Soda Tax Lady

Hi, my name is Kathleen, and I’m a soda addict. Or a sugar and caffeine addict. Or is it the high fructose corn syrup?

Anyway, every once in a while I go soda-free. It’s occasionally lasted months at a time! But I always go back on the soda. Lately, I’ve been trying to replace the soda with homemade coffee, which worked well for a few weeks, but when I get really stressed out, I fall back on the soda every time.

And yet, I don’t really have a problem with a soda tax. I don’t think it’s necessarily the best idea for generating revenue for the government, but I’m not totally against it, either.

That’s why I find the anti-soda-tax tv commercial that’s airing right now (at least in Oregon) so laughable. Well, I alternate between wanting to punch that lady for her attitude (even though she’s just an actress) and laughing.

It makes no sense. The commercial claims that a soda and juice drink tax would be a burden on people who are just trying to feed their families.

I’m sorry, but YOU DON’T NEED SODA AND JUICE DRINKS TO FEED YOUR FAMILY!  Even I, the soda addict, know that these are luxuries.

And we’re not talking about JUICE here. Your regular orange juice, apple juice, cranberry juice, etc. would not be taxed. What they’re talking about is the juice drinks that are not 100% juice; that have sugar or high fructose corn syrup added to them.

You can feed your family without those.