The Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is trying to tax pop and other drinks that are filled with sugar. Mrs. Prenckwinkle claims that the tax is supposed to, “fight obesity and diabetes.” Jim Morris, in a letter to the editor to the Chicago Sun-Times, claims that the tax will add 60 cents to a 2 liter of pop. 60 cents may not sound like a lot but it essentially doubles the cost.
In the article. Jim Morris says that he will simply drive to the neighboring county to buy his pop; Jim won’t be the only one. Others will leave Cook County if possible and go to another county to avoid stupid taxes. The tax will do nothing to make people healthier, but it will make businesses located in Cook County lose money.
More importantly, why is it the government’s duty to tell us what is and isn’t healthy? It’s not. If you want to be able to buy a pop, you should be able to buy one without the government taxing and shaming you into thinking that you’re doing something wrong.
It’s ridiculous. The government has bigger fish to fry. No county from Cook County, Illinois to Wayne County, Michigan should tax a product because they think it can make you live a healthier a lifestyle. It’s none of their damn business.