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Twinkie Tax Two-Step

Newsweek repeats the absurd calls for an onerous “Twinkie tax” from super-nannies Kelly Brownell and Michael Jacobson (CSPI), saying “protecting our kids may ultimately require such initiatives.” We must remind you, the real idea behind the “Twinkie tax,” as expressed by Brownell when first explaining it, is not to use the tax to fund “healthful alternatives” as is currently being argued, but to sharply increase the cost of high-calorie foods so they will be priced out of reach. (“Time for a Twinkie tax?,” U.S. News & World Report, 1/5/98.)

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