Tuesday, June 9, 2009

"Joe Six-Pack" becomes "Joe Diet Cola"

Alan Fram, writing for the Associated Press:

A push for new taxes on soda, beer and wine to help pay for Americans' health care is stirring up more than just the beverage industry.

To make a long story short, not only is the Senate Finance Committee considering a new "sin tax" on alcoholic drinks, but they are also giving serious consideration to creating a new tax out of whole cloth for any drink sweetened with sugar or high-fructose corn syrup. The tone of the article is rather factual, but the implications should make any right-minded conservative stop and think.

Do you remember when the very idea of an income tax was roundly condemned as unconsitutional? It was an idea sold with lies, half-truths, and a war that fed traditional notions of patriotism -- but still needed to be paid for.

Do you remember when smoking was fashionable? Back in the golden era of the Hollywood studios, movies were full of depictions of heroes and heroines smoking like chimneys. What's changed? Are cigarettes any more lethal now than they were then?

Also from Fram's article:

Soft drink and alcohol lobbyists have snapped into action, though so far their campaigns have been quiet compared to the blaring, multimillion-dollar battles that typify major show-downs.

Their low-key approach is due partly to committee leaders' warnings to refrain from public attacks or be accused of sabotaging health care overhaul. They've also held back because they have faced only modest lobbying from tax proponents, and because they think the proposal may prove so unpopular that it ultimately won't threaten their business.

If there's one thing I've learned in my political awareness, it's that liberals are extremely patient, enormously zealous, and opportunistic almost to the point of obsessiveness. They will wait as long as they have to wait and do whatever they need to do in order to reach their goal expanding their power.

The most potent weapon in the liberal arsenal is slander, but a close second is "Oh, that will never happen." For a true-believing progressive, anything is possible given enough time and effort. Do conservatives have enough will to meet progressive zeal head-on? Let's hope so, or the damage being done to our economy now will be a mere passing blip on the radar screen of history.

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