Fat Taxes (page 12)

Critics Sound Off Against Soda Taxes

The national momentum for soda taxes is unfortunately building as cash-strapped governments desperately search for new sources of revenue. Last week, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter proposed a 2-cent-per-ounce…
Posted March 8, 2010 at 12:00 am

Brownell: Personal Responsibility Doesn’t Work (Except When it Does)

In January, “Twinkie tax” grandfather Kelly Brownell appeared in a CBS News report to give the U.S. an “F” grade in its fight against obesity. And in typical…
Posted March 1, 2010 at 12:00 am

The Golden State Soda Tax

California lawmakers are considering imposing a $1.5 billion “soda tax” on the economically beleaguered residents of that nearly bankrupt state. State Senator Dean Florez (D-Fresno) has proposed to tax…
Posted February 19, 2010 at 12:00 am

New York Times Cites Center for Consumer Freedom on Soda Tax Debate

In a February 12 New York Times article, food writer Mark Bittman cites our Senior Research Analyst on the foolishness of soda taxes in America’s obesity battles. Predictably, “Twinkie…
Posted February 15, 2010 at 12:00 am

Personal Responsibility Still Ahead?

By now, you’ve probably heard about the new White House initiative to combat childhood obesity, spearheaded by First Lady Michelle Obama. It’s a noble goal. In anticipation of this announcement, Forbes columnist…
Posted February 11, 2010 at 12:00 am

Massachusetts Soda Tax Is Bad Science and Bad Politics

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has become the latest pol to jump on the soda tax bandwagon in the wrongheaded belief that kicking the fizz habit will make everyone skinnier.
Posted January 29, 2010 at 12:00 am

Europe Binges on Fat Taxes

  European governments are resorting to an array of punitive “fat taxes” in an ill-conceived bid to stop people from putting on weight. The latest site of this authoritarian…
Posted January 21, 2010 at 12:00 am

Soft Drink Tax Up Against a Granite Wall?

Obesity activist and “Twinkie tax” creator Kelly Brownell is always complaining about what we eat and drink. Recently, Brownell has been going around the country shilling for taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages…
Posted January 14, 2010 at 12:00 am

Europe Binges on Fat Taxes

European governments are resorting to an array of punitive “fat taxes” in an ill-conceived bid to stop people from putting on weight. The latest site of this authoritarian binge is…
Posted January 13, 2010 at 12:00 am

Obesity Activists Are All Fizz

Hold on to your sodas, kids: They could get more expensive if the country’s health crusaders have their way. Single-minded food nannies like Kelly “Twinkie Tax and Spend” Brownell…
Posted December 2, 2009 at 12:00 am