Cut Sugar Subsidy, Don’t Add A Tax

Published May 23, 2009

The call by “health advocates” for a new federal “sin tax” on sugary drinks is yet another example of special interests trying to use shoddy social-engineering tax policy to grow the size of government (“Soda Tax Weighed to Pay for Health Care,” U.S. News, May 12). The expansion of such taxes to every product health officials deem “harmful” is a continuation down the slippery slope. Where will it end?

It is simply wrong to use tax policy to discriminate against users of certain legal products, distorting a market already rich with both sugar-filled and sugar-free drink options.

John Nothdurft
The Heartland Institute

This letter to the editor was originally published in The Wall Street Journal.