Wall Street Journal
Has anyone seen the movie Demolition Man? Well, in it, every kind of food that was deemed unhealthy was made illegal. That won't happen here, but as the government assumes responsibility for our health care, you can damn well bet that anything deemed unhealthy is going to be taxed to death. If Americans don't start fighting Liberalism in this country, it will be too late. Americans have gotten weak and lazy, primed to enter into that fashionable European decay... or what I like to call Societal Rot. They will weaken every aspect of the American Economy and destroy the foundations of liberty for shorter work weeks, free health care, federally financed retirement, and less personal responsibility. If we don't have the stomach to take on these cultural problems manifesting themselves as a liberal political movement, we are going to go down with the ship.Senate leaders are considering new federal taxes on soda and other sugary drinks to help pay for an overhaul of the nation's health-care system.
The taxes would pay for only a fraction of the cost to expand health-insurance coverage to all Americans and would face strong opposition from the beverage industry. They also could spark a backlash from consumers who would have to pay several cents more for a soft drink.
On Tuesday, the Senate Finance Committee is set to hear proposals from about a dozen experts about how to pay for the comprehensive health-care overhaul that President Barack Obama wants to enact this year. Early estimates put the cost of the plan at around $1.2 trillion. The administration has so far only earmarked funds for about half of that amount.
If the Republican Party cannot find it within themselves to stand upon firm philosophical convictions and meaningful mores than a new Party must evolve to supplant the decrepit soon to be corpse of the GOP.