'Fat Tax' Is Really a Poor Tax

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2009 1:17 PM CDT
'Fat Tax' Is Really a Poor Tax
The rich will not be eating this hyperpalatable lunch anytime soon.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – With Congress contemplating a trillion dollar health care bill, the idea of the “fat tax” has come back into vogue as a way to slim down Americans. Supporters say junk food is every bit the addictive drug that cigarettes are, designed by food scientists to be “hyperpalatable,” and nigh-irresistible. “It’s hard to draw a line, though, between foods that are drugs and foods that are merely delicious,” writes Daniel Engber of Slate.

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Let's face it, many gourmands happily ignore the butter filling the sauces of Michelin’s finest. In other words, “Doughnuts are a drug; brioche is a treat. Some tastes are more equal than others,” Engber writes. A fat tax would discriminate between the delights of the poor and the rich. It might redistribute wealth—it definitely “will redistribute pleasure.” (Read more soda tax stories.)

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