A recent study determined that putting a tax on fatty food in the U.S. would result in healthier people and raise an credible amount of money. So, far, so good!
According to the study, if we put a 10% tax on such food, it would raise approximately $500 billion over the next 10 years. If we set the tax at 20% it would be almost $1 trillion. In addition, it has been proven, think cigarettes, that if something is more expensive, it will convince people to eat less of it. In fact, it should make Americans healthier. Considering that we spend about $2 billion a year on medical care tied to obesity and half of that is tax payer paid, this should also bring down the cost of healthcare in the long term too. And everybody agrees that doing this is a good idea!
Okay, so far, so good.
Here is the problem. People don't want to pay extra for a Big Mac. They just don't. And won't. In addition, this tax is regressive which means it falls on the backs of the poor far more than on anybody else. Third, good food costs a lot of more money. Cheap food is typically fatty and full of carbs. Poor people don't really have alternatives as it is and forces this down their proverbial throats is simply unfair.
We are talking about this today on Air America Radio. Hope you can join the conversation.
The fight for healthcare continues in Washington DC and across the country. And many are beginning to wonder whether the Democrats are capable of following through on the issue. Congressman Rob Andrews of New Jersey's 1st Congressional district joins me today on Air America Radio and airamerica.com to talk about it.
Sarah Palin is preparing to head off into the proverbial sunset. Rather than fulfill her obligations as Governor of Alaska, she has apparently decided that that is an inconvenience and she has more important goals. We look back on her quick rise to fame and what have we learned?
She doesn't like to read.
She doesn't need facts.
The truth is fine unless there is a better alternative.
And she doesn't finish what she starts.
And yet, Sarah Palin is still the number one choice for many Republicans to lead the charge against President Obama in 2012. And this is true despite the realities one knows about her.
While this is in itself extraordinary, what may be more amazing is that if this is the best the Republicans have, they should be absolutely petrified.
When I first saw the cover of the latest Time Magazine, I did a double-take. Vice President Cheney is centered in the picture and President Bush, with mouth slightly open, is only partially in view. Bush looks directly into the camera and Cheney seems to be staring more at the President. I imagine the photographer taking the photo of Cheney and Bush seeing the photo being taken rushes in at the last minute. "Hey, I'm the President. Can't forget about me! He He He." Notice the deer in the headlights look. Extraordinary!
While it is entitled, "The Final Days of Bush and Cheney", it may have been more aptly entitled, "The Final Days of Cheney. Oh yeah, and Bush Too."
If we look back at the Bush Cheney legacy and the desires of Cheney and the neo-cons, it seems clear who was in the driver's seat. Even before Bush took office, they made their desires clear and only waited for the opportunity to implement them. Seems that President Bush played his role well. The unwitting dupe. Perfect.
I've been thinking about this for days. I have been mulling over the story in my mind. It starts with a "neighbor" making a call about two African Americans breaking into a house. Why didn't she know Dr. Gates lived there? Who knows . . .
An officer shows up and Dr. Gates is in the house. What does Gates expect? What does Sgt. Crowley expect? Is it race or is it something else?
For lack of another word, maybe what both were looking for, demanding, was deference. And for whatever reason, neither was satisfied by the other's response, justifiably or otherwise. And everything accelerated from there.
The only problem is that if Dr. Gates were unhappy, he had little recourse. On the other hand, Sgt. Crowley did have several options. He could have walked away. he could have apologized and said, have a good evening. However, he also had another option. And he exercised it. He arrested Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Is this racism or just egotism on steroids? Sadly, it almost makes no difference when you're in a cell waiting for your mug shot to be taken.
Rachel Aviv was able to dig into an organization called the Christian Evangelism Fellowship. The organization's goal is to "save" children. How does one do this? Is it appropriate? Do the parents mind? Are they asked?
Rachel writes about this in the article, Like I was Jesus, in the next Harpers Magazine. She joins me on the next Jack Rice Show on Air America Radio. You can listen at airamerica.com on Friday from 12 - 3 p.m. e.s.t.
Hope you can listen.
Join me today on Air America Radio as we look at the President's healthcare speech and the implications for all Americans. It seems that as the President spoke, his intent was not to convince lawmakers or those in the healthcare industry that this was a good idea. Rather, my impression is that he spoke to average Americans about what he envisions. With a system that is unsustainable, this seems like a smart plan. And further, while he continues to try and make it look nonpartisan, I suspect that in the end, this will be very partisan. And it should be.
In light of the words of Sen. Jim DeMint about this being President Obama's Waterloo and that we can break him, it is obvious that the Republicans have no interest in addressing issues. Instead, this is about trying to "break him." Too bad considering the desperate needs of so many of our fellow citizens.
Listen at airamerica.com from 12 - 3 p.m. today.
Over the weekend, I see that the healthcare fight continues to rage. As I expect, tonight on The Ed Show, we will look at the issue. Of course, Boehner and Steele continue to spread their lies and act like they actually care about addressnig the issue. Rather, they are more interested in the status quo, which is fine unless you consider that 46 million Americans lack health care, 50 million others have insufficient health care, the number one reason for bankruptcy is healthcare and the extraordinary costs are ripping individuals, small business, big business and government to bits. Other than that, it works pretty well!
Hope you can watch tonight on MSNBC.
I'm looking forward to appearing in The Ed Show on MSNBC on Monday night. Always interesting to look at the big stories and the day and give me two cents. Hope you can listen in.