Here at Sip & Savor, we've pointed out how taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages are ineffective and discriminatory. And they are a particularly bad idea given that families are heavily burdened and already struggling through a down economy. Not to mention the thousands of good-paying jobs with good health benefits throughout the country that would be put at risk during a time when our nation still faces double-digit unemployment.
Earlier this week, we caught this Forbes Blog piece written by Janet Novack which explores the absurdity of some taxes that have come to the forefront in recent months. Taxability of your bagel in New York depends on if it is sliced, and, in Minnesota, new tax guidelines were released this year to discern taxable prepared food from tax-exempt food ingredients. We're having trouble understanding all of this ourselves, so have a look at Novack's piece and let us know what you think!
The truth is that Americans are becoming increasingly concerned about the role of government. It's a concern that is bigger than politics and spans generational gaps and other differences. A substantial population in this country believes that our government is overreaching its bounds and intruding too much in our lives. Unfortunately for lawmakers, the Forbes piece exposes these chaotic schemes for what they are – a money grab to help pay for bigger government.