Could a tax on sugary drinks help Americans avoid the fiscal cliff?

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  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 6, 2012 6:20 a.m.

    We could vote and have congress and the senate and the president, to enjoy the same healthcare benefits that people in their states that they represent enjoy. For example Senator Hatch will enjoy our Medicare and Medicaid system. Once they are out of office the benefits disappear. Same thing with their wages. They can only get paid when the budget is balanced and the debt is being paid off. Otherwise they are penalized from their own pockets and special interests groups and that money will be used to pay down the debt.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Dec. 3, 2012 5:14 p.m.

    Yes! We don't need a military.

    We can use the money to help the poor.

    Hmm? Doesn't the military create/produce alot of jobs?

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    Dec. 3, 2012 8:10 a.m.

    No. Cut military spending.

  • DVD Taylorsville, 00
    Nov. 30, 2012 9:16 p.m.

    I'm a bit of two minds on this, as I do consume more than my share of sugary drinks, but at the same time I can see that tax helping with things like Medicare and such and thus the source of the taxes is helping pay for some of their own care later in life. And yes, New York should have gone with taxing rather than *you can't have this* type of enforcement.

  • Dwj11 Provo, UT
    Nov. 30, 2012 8:32 p.m.

    Sin taxes aren't an actual answer for problems.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Nov. 30, 2012 7:48 p.m.

    ‘Could a tax on politician vacations, health plans, retirement pay, and speaking engagements, help Americans avoid the fiscal cliff?’

    Is Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama, and Harry Reid, paying their fair share?

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Nov. 30, 2012 6:45 p.m.

    Might be a good idea.

    Judging from the vast number of hugegomoshious drink containers I see people hauling around as they slosh their way from here to there every day, it would be certain to raise billions of dollars in just a very short time.

  • I-am-I South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 30, 2012 6:12 p.m.

    I didn't bother to read this article. Why would our politicians even consider putting a tax on happiness? That's got to be unconstitutional.

  • Mukkake Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 30, 2012 6:02 p.m.

    Sounds fine to to me. So long as they don't tax diet drinks, since they're sugar-free.

    Sugar-free, tax free! Maybe then the tea party will lose some weight.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 30, 2012 5:46 p.m.

    A tax on economically illiterate politicians and voters who have no concept of "spending" or "borrowing" or "deficit" or "debt" might be a better idea.

    The cause of our economic problems is NOT the amount of revenue collected, but rather the unrestrained spending that irresponsible politicians are doing. Forty cents of every dollar spent is money we do not have, borrowed from China, and now beyond the means of us, our children, and their children to ever repay.

    The ONLY solution is to REDUCE spending. Not by nickels and dimes, but by hundred of billions of dollars starting this year.

    You can tax every sugary or non-sugary drink, every dollar earned, every dollar saved, and even confiscate every dollar of wealth and it still will not fix our budget mess. Until you stop the spending everything else is deceitful pandering to special interests.

    Obama is not proposing any solutions to the root problem, only class warfare and more Santa Claus.

    Stop the spending!