Fat Taxes

Smoke and Mirrors: Food Police Compare Sugar and Cigarettes

U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) is again revving up her efforts to tax away consumer choice. The politician-turned-food-cop recently penned an op-ed headlined by the hyperbolic query, “Is sugar the new tobacco?”…
Posted October 9, 2014 at 4:43 pm

Candy Bans and UN Control of Your Food

While America’s food police have thus far been largely unsuccessful, control over food choices is a global goal. This weekend, two foreign developments took direct aim at dinner plates—including…
Posted May 19, 2014 at 4:45 pm

Will Federal Labeling Requirements Spur New Taxes?

The Obama administration’s hunger for big government may be insatiable, because now it wants to limit our own appetite. Having taken control of healthcare, it is setting the stage…
Posted March 6, 2014 at 9:56 am

Childhood Obesity Rates Drop, Again

Activists frequently justify their invasive proposals to regulate every aspect of our diets by promoting the idea that obesity rates will skyrocket in the future. We’ve been…
Posted February 27, 2014 at 11:39 am

Soda Taxes’ Last Stand in San Fran?

This year’s state legislative season has been brutal for the activists trying to put punitive taxes on sodas and other soft drinks. Despite some efforts to resurrect California…
Posted February 10, 2014 at 9:52 am

Sugar Prohibitionists Start Annual Campaigns

Just in time for most of America’s state legislatures to convene for their annual sessions, a British-led pressure group announced a campaign called “Action on Sugar” to pass…
Posted January 13, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Soda Taxers Fight Bad Polls with Junk Studies

Two items of interest this week for the thirsty: The Pew Research Center polling unit has released its latest findings on Americans’ view of obesity policy and politics,…
Posted November 14, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Election Recap: Anti-Soda, Organic Activists Appear to Lose Big

We previewed ballot initiatives this week with an eye toward how they might change the politics of soda taxes and the scientifically pointless labeling of foods produced using…
Posted November 6, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Ballot Issues Up for Grabs Tomorrow

It may not be a Presidential election year, but food activists’ demands on voters’ time and effort aren’t taking a year off. Fresh off three stinging defeats in…
Posted November 4, 2013 at 4:04 pm

The Nanny, Unleashed

On December 31, Michael Bloomberg will leave the mayoralty of New York City. Unfortunately, that probably won’t reduce the impact the meddlesome multibillionaire will try to have on Americans’…
Posted October 30, 2013 at 4:43 pm