I am not sure how I feel about the tax idea. One side of me says to tax the hell out of anything that is not good for us like cigarettes and soda. If it becomes expensive enough, maybe people at risk (children, teens, those living at the poverty level) will end up choosing a more healthy (less expensive) beverage. Over time, this could reduce the number of obese and diabetic people in this country. It did work with cigarettes, and it could work with soda/gatorade etc.
The other side of me says that the government shouldn't be telling me what to eat or not to eat via a tax. That is a weak argument given all the benefits of less SSB consumption. There would be money generated by the tax that could go towards programs for children, poor whoever. Healthcare costs would go down as more Americans lose weight and less children become obese.
I, too, probably wouldn't drink as much soda if it cost a lot more. (Not that I drink that much, only 1 each day. I guess that is a lot of wasted calories over time.) Or at worst, I might have it as a treat once in awhile. I definitely don't let my kids have soda and thankfully, many of the coaches of our sports teams are discouraging SSB on the sidelines and instead pushing water.
How do you feel about a SSB tax?
Good-- let's force us to eat healthy?
Or bad--govenment stay out of my grocery shopping?