By JLP | May 13, 2009
Read this: Smokers, Drinkers to Carry Tax Burden?
Democrats want to tax bad behavior by increasing taxes on cigarettes and beer. Okay, this is stupid. What about all the other “bad foods” out there:
• Cookies and cakes
• Hamburger Helper (come on, you know it’s junk food)
• Hot dogs
• White bread
• Hamburger that is more than 5% fat
• 90% of boxed cereals
Why stop there?
Why don’t we tax McDonald’s and any other fast food restaurant (or ANY restaurant for that matter)?
Why don’t we stop any obese person we see and make them pay an excise tax?
Why don’t we quit allowing food stamp users to buy junk food with food stamps? Most likely, if you’re on food stamps you don’t have health insurance so it’s even more important to eat healthy.
Should we tax the hell out of riding lawnmowers too? How many guys have you seen mowing their small yards with a riding lawnmower?
Where do we draw the line?
According to the article mentioned above, employer-sponsored healthcare plans are also being targeted:
Employer-provided health insurance is considered part of workers’ compensation but is not taxed as wages are. Proponents of eliminating the benefit say it is poorly targeted because it gives the biggest benefit to those with the highest incomes and is unfair because self-employed individuals don’t qualify for the same break. It also encourages individuals to buy gold-plated insurance plans that can drive up health care costs, experts say.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but weren’t these plans set up to ENCOURAGE people to get health insurance? Instead of scrapping the tax-free status, why not just get rid of the “gold-plated” plans? Why not give the tax-free status to self-employed individuals? Seriously, if the goal is to get people health insurance, then why not make it tax-free?