San Francisco joins sugary drinks fray with tax proposal

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This is from Yahoo News.


Instead of actually  addressing the problem of childhood obesity

they use a bandaid approach by  raising taxes.

The rules for what you can buy with food stamps.

Like chips, doughnuts, soda, candy,chips and deli food that is

not prepared.

Last but not least  the parents need to do their part and have

their children exercise.

There to many babies momma situations without and Male

influence in the children’s lives. 


SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – San Francisco may become the latest U.S. city to try to curb the consumption of sugary drinks with a proposed ballot measure to impose a tax on beverages seen as a culprit in rising rates of childhood obesity and diabetes.

Supervisor Scott Wiener on Tuesday formally proposed asking voters in November 2014 to impose a 2-cents-per-ounce tax on soda and other drinks with added sugar sold in the famously liberal northern California city.

No other U.S. city has enacted such a tax, though a similar proposal is in the works in the southwestern Colorado town of Telluride, according to the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity.

Two other California cities, Richmond and El Monte, failed last year in their attempts to become the first in the nation to impose taxes of a penny per ounce on businesses that sell sugary drinks.

In New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg last year spearheaded a ban on the sale of large, sugary drinks last year, but the move was later declared illegal by a state judge after a challenge by soft drink makers and a restaurant group. New York’s highest court has agreed to hear an appeal.

“We know that this will be a long road,” Wiener said in introducing the measure to his colleagues. “This type of proposal has occurred in other cities and the beverage industry always comes out full guns blaring, so we’re going to need to pull together to make sure that this wins.”

A ballot measure would need two-thirds support from voters in order to pass.

Wiener said his proposed measure would reduce the consumption of sugary beverages while specifically setting aside proceeds of the tax for physical education and health programs.

“Voters really want to know where their tax money is going to go,” he said.

In both Richmond, located in the San Francisco Bay Area, and El Monte, located east of Los Angeles, revenues from the proposed taxes would have gone to each city’s general fund.


The tax would amount to an extra 24 cents per average 12-ounce (35 cl) can of soda. Wiener said it would bring in an estimated $30 million in tax proceeds annually. It would apply to drinks with added sugar and at least 25 calories per ounce.

A third of the expected tax windfall would go to San Francisco schools for physical education and healthy lunch programs, and the remainder would go to city parks and recreation programs and community health organizations.

Roughly two out of three California voters surveyed in a Field Poll last fall and released in February said they would support taxing sugary beverages if proceeds were tied to improving school nutrition and physical activity programs. The poll of 1,184 voters had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Wiener’s proposal will go to a city Budget and Finance subcommittee for a hearing in the spring.

The board would vote between May and July on whether to add the tax measure to the city’s elections ballot, Wiener said.

A spokesman for the American Beverage Society said raising taxes and restricting drink consumption would not necessarily lead to a healthier population.

“Californians have rejected beverage taxes like the one San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener proposes because such measures are unnecessary, wasteful distractions from serious policymaking,” spokesman Chuck Finnie said in a statement.

The society, which represents industry leaders including PepsiCo Inc and Snapple Group Inc, has spent millions of dollars fighting proposed soda taxes around the country.

“Providing people with education, opportunities for physical activity and diverse beverage choices to fit their lifestyles are proven strategies for maintaining health,” Finnie said.



Taxpayers Funding Robosquirrels, Star Wars Parties, Beef Jerky Research

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This is from Political Outcast.

It is things like this that make me weep for America.

What kind of a future will our young people inherit?

We need to elect Fiscal Conservatives.

We need to make moderate and RINO‘s extinct.

Game and puzzle exhibits, circus classes, an Indian-American comedy tour and talking urinal cakes are all featured in Sen. Tom Coburn’s annual government “Wastebook.”

Coburn has highlighted 100 programs funded by various federal agencies using taxpayer money for a grand total of more than $18 billion in waste.

Among the highlights:

  • Moroccan pottery classes (part of a $27 million grant from U.S. Agency for International Development)
  • Efforts to promote caviar consumption and production ($300,000)
  • Robotic squirrel named “RoboSquirrel” (part of a $325,000 grant from the National Science Foundation)
  • Corporate welfare for the world’s largest snack food producer, PepsiCo Inc. ($1.3 million)
  • “Prom Week,” a video game that allows taxpayers to relive prom night ($516,000)
  • Oklahoma’s layover boondoggle, a scarcely used airport in Oklahoma receiving nearly half-a-million in taxpayer dollars only to transfer funds elsewhere in the state ($450,000)
  • The 2012 Alabama Watermelon Queen tour paid for in part by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “to promote the consumption of Alabama’s watermelon through appearances of the Alabama Watermelon Queen at various events and locations” ($25,000)
  • Penny production. Manufacturing a penny now costs 2.4 cents each. ($70 million annually)
  • Speed reading faces. NSF funds used to study whether people can determine a person’s sexual orientation with just a glance. ($30,000)
  • Pet shampoo. HUD money goes to a pet shampoo company for machinery to make pet toothpaste and shampoo. ($505,000)
  • Golf putting study. NSF funds go to a study of how golfers can putt better if they envision the hole is bigger. ($350,000)
  • Chatty urinals. Dept. of Transportation dollars are used in Michigan to buy 400 talking urinal cakes to fight drunk driving. ($10,000)
  • The sun’ll come out tomorrow. NSF funds spent on a musical about biodiversity and climate change. Reviews of the play said it was boring and needed improvement. ($445,444)
  • Beef jerky defense. DOD is researching a new way to make beef jerky with processed meat. Several other jerky companies have received federal funds this year. ($700,000)
  • May the Force be with you. IMLS funds used by a local library to put on a Star Wars party for teenagers. ($11,700)
  • Grandpas and goblins. Researchers study whether the elderly could play World of Warcraft to increase their cognitive function. They used NSF funding. ($1.2 million)

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