By Noel W. Spaid
Del Mar resident
A tax on soda pop to control what people eat is another back-door entry into our homes, pocketbook and lives. Besides hitting the poor the most, because they are the group whose largest percentage of their budget goes to food, this is one more tsunami on our personal rights, with cakes, candy, canned fruit, and sugar itself next. The cost of control from farmers, manufacturer, packager, and all those government employees necessary to enforce taking our rights away will be staggering, and paid, as always, by us, the consumer-taxpayer. Does anyone believe that this will prevent even one person from consuming sodas, when the Yale professor who invented this idea says he doesn’t know if it will work?
Another American city wants to outlaw perfume and after-shaves. What compelling state interest does the state have in my kitchen, my shopping list, my bedroom, my home? None; more rights sacrificed to the gods of government bureaucracy taking our money every way they can to grow government bigger and bigger, insuring jobs and the almighty vote. You can’t run yourselves, so you want to run us. Government, get out of our lives. Self-determination is back in, leave us alone.