March 17, 2007

Tax the rich...and fat

Here's an idea from the The Sioux City Journal:

SIOUX CITY -- A Sunday Letter to the Editor headlined "A great idea" inspired an idea. Since we're all so gung-ho about singling out groups of individuals with bad habits and taxing them, let's tax obese people. People would be required to be weighed annually, with their weight registered with the state, and the information available from their driver's license or photo I.D. Ten cents per each pound that the person is overweight would be added as a tax onto their bill every time they ate at a restaurant or bought certain items at the grocery store.

Take a look around you next time you are out - the majority of folks are overweight. We are ignoring a great revenue opportunity here. -- Tracy Ewing

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