Ve haff vays of makink you pay for gluttony

Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose, said old Kris, and I am not about to argue with a guy who’s still cool at the age of 97 or something.

Anyway, the fussypants ubergauleiters of the forces dedicated to protect us from ourselves have come up with a new ploy to keep us safe from sin. They want to make us ‘pay’ for our trespasses. They want to stick a big tax on what they deem to be ‘junk food’ in order to thwart mass gluttony on the part of — well — the masses.

One Sonia Grandi, a cardiology and clinical epidemiology researcher at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal (the people in your town seem to cause a lot of trouble, Jazz) writes in the Canadian Medical Association Journal that officialdom must do what it can to thwart our tendency to stick too much shit-food in our gaping maws, and since tobacco and booze are taxed up the ass (and oh yeah, that’s really working) then crud food should be equally excoriated with their own mark of Cain.

She says a junk-food tax or “sin” tax would help to reduce our consumption of high fat food and drinks. “Anything that contains a certain percentage over the recommended level with regards to fat our sugar, then they would be taxed a certain percentage,” she blithely states. She then glowingly refers to countries that have implemented taxes of up to 25 per cent on sodas and chips. Man, that will be good news to shareholders of Pepsi and Old Dutch.

The article goes on to state that despite the public outcry if a junk-food tax is brought about, people will eventually come to appreciate that it is for their own good and they will embrace it. Well, that is likely true and equally likely is that the pigs saved from the hotdog industry will no doubt sprout wings.

Well, you know I’m not exactly a paragon of self-discipline, but I’m not a consumer of crap, either. I probably drink about 4 cans of soda pop a year, and when we’re on vacation our gag reflexes kick into action after the 2nd crap food emporium and we look for decent eateries. Ideally we seek accommodation in places with kitchen facilities so we can prepare our own grub. So, I cannot relate to those who obsessively scarf crud, or stuff that has been arbitrarily deemed as crud.

And I do know that there is a certain scourge of gluttony around and a lot of lardasses are having an impact on our health services, but I also object to supercilious arrogant attitudes that want to establish yet another control over our lives.

There are too many issues involved in the consumption of food for me to go into here, and I am well aware of most of them, and we endeavor to follow food guidelines faithfully in this household, and we generally succeed. OK, so some don’t. You can’t bully people into good behavior. The ‘noble experiment’ of prohibition proved that.

But, most of all, don’t endeavor to make everybody pay for the sins of others. I like the odd item from Mickey-D, so I don’t think I should have to pay for the musings of the Food Nazis. I’m taxed enough, thank you.


3 responses to “Ve haff vays of makink you pay for gluttony

  1. It’s the Big Brother-ism that drives me spare…

  2. It’s work just as well as the tax on cigarettes and booze – just bring more money into the government coffers. Cause dude, I’m not gonna stop with the booze.

    Seems to me, that if all schools had cooking classes starting in first grade, if they not only taught nutrition but gave kids hands on experience of how good food can actually be and still be healthy, there would be a lot less kids eating junk food.

    Of course, if kids also had gym classes every day like we did… ok, well, our generation is fat anyway, but you get it…

  3. Jazz, dear sis, you raise some very good points and it is all about education. Of course, a lot of these kids come from parents that are as ignorant as kitty litter about such things as nutrition (or anything else). I think another virtue would be the idea of sit-down family meals avec toute la famille on a regular basis. And booze tax, yeah, that really worked. And tobacco tax. People quit smoking for health reasons not for what it cost. A friend told me the other day that when she was smoking (she has since quit, bless her) that if the tax on cigarettes had gone up to $20 a pack she still would have smoked.
    And Linda, yeah, it’s the Big Brother thing that makes me cringe, too, regardless of how noble the cause might be.

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