Picking up where Bloomberg left off

Connecticut’s Communist Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, according to CNS News is looking to tackle the debate of obesity and sugary drinks a la former New York Progressive Republican Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

DeLauro introduced a bill dubbed the “SWEET Act”, it brings a foolish tax to a more illogical measurement. What’s the bill’s taxing issues you ask? DeLauro took the bill and basically taxed sugary-drinks based on a penny tax per 4.2 grams of sugar, high-fructose corn syrup or other caloric sweetener.

The latest weapon of the nanny state food police, HB-5279 was introduced on the house floor last Wednesday.  It basically says “A 20-ounce bottle of soda contains about 16 teaspoons of sugars. But, the American Heart Association recommends Americans consume no more than six to nine teaspoons of sugar a day.”

Supposedly revenue raised by the tax of the SWEET Act would be used to fund prevention and treatment programs for those with obesity, diabetes and dental problems related to sugar-sweetened beverages.

Expect the Center for Consumer Freedom to pen something on this ridiculous and unconstitutional bill (like this, this and this.  Then again, someone tried to ban chocolate milk here in Connecticut.  But in a rare moment of clarity Governor Dannel Malloy said no to the ban.


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