by Countable | Updated on 4.10.18
You made it through Monday, friends. Nicely done.
Can't buck the Zuck—or can you? We'll find out today when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees. The hearing will take place at 2:15 PM EDT and can be streamed live here.
What will you be drinking as you watch the hearing? While those at Facebook may be sipping on Xanax cocktails, many of us probably reach for a Coke, Mr. Pibb, or Faygo black cherry. Unless we're watching from across the pond—the U.K. just enacted a "sugar tax" on soft drinks in the hopes that the levy will reduce sugar intake. With one-third of U.S. adults suffering from obesity, is it time for our nation to do the same? Read about American cities that have already enacted soda taxes here.
Over the weekend, it was reported that the Syrian government had used chemical attacks against civilians in the opposition-held town of Douma, killing at least 40 people. On Monday, the president said his administration would be making "major decisions" about the attack. "We are very concerned when a thing like that can happen," Trump said at the outset of a Cabinet meeting. “This is about humanity, and it can’t be allowed to happen.” Read some of the possible "major decisions" here.
On Sunday, White House officials announced the administration had received confirmation directly from Pyonyang that North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, is ready to discuss his nuclear weapons program with President Trump. After weeks of speculation, this is the first direct communication from North Korea to the U.S. about Kim’s intentions, fueling expectations that the meeting will actually occur. Head here to read the full story.
Do you know where your firearm is? A recently released report from the Inspector General for the Department of Justice reveals that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) has allowed for guns, ammunition, and explosives seized by the agency to be lost or stolen. The Department of Homeland Security has also lost track of hundreds of guns in their possession. How did this happen? Click here.
OK, but do you know where your journalist is? The Department of Homeland Security has posted a Request For Information from companies interested in providing "media monitoring services". DHS plans to use the selected company to compile a “media influencer database, including journalists, editors, correspondents, social media influencers, bloggers etc." Yeah, there's pushback. Extra extra, read all about it here.
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? You do know that we’re are currently SUBSIDIZING sugar, right? If you subsidize something, you get more of it. If you tax something, you get less of it. It seems you understand this when you suggest we should tax it. How about we STOP SUBSIDIZING IT WITH TAXPAYER DOLLARS first? The current U.S. Sugar Program was introduced in 1934 with the goal of lowering sugar production and raising sugar prices. Unfortunately for American consumers, businesses, and taxpayers, the sugar program has achieved its intended goal all too well. The result has been a system of protectionist policies that solely benefit the sugar industry at the expense of American consumers and taxpayers. Since 1934, the U.S. Sugar Program has evolved into a thicket of government imposed price supports, import quotas, and tariffs that keep domestic sugar prices artificially high. https://www.atr.org/top-five-reasons-end-us-sugar-subsidies
Why tax sugar? Just remove the price supports and tax breaks we give the sugar industry now. Subsidy removal will allow free market pressure to correct the problem.
Taxes are the cure for nothing. The government has no right to tell anyone what they can or can’t eat.
Individual responsibility and accountability are the only cure for obesity. I for one don’t need more government in my life.
If there was a sugar tax it could prevent people from buying junk food because of the price increase. The problem with that is that there are communities that are extremely poor and they either don't have the money for produce and healthier options or there isn't even a grocery store that sells those products. In addition we could need to find a way to make produce more affordable and more available.
Another Fox clueless person, Laura Ingraham has lean one thing, people can vote with their wallets and call their sponsors! You would think a 54 old person might be smarter than that!
Subsidies and tax, this is classic government waste sounds like dig the hole and then fill it up, why don’t you just ban spoons 🥄 then people won’t get fat.
Again... stop with the taxes. It’s not going to solve the issue. You can’t police the amount of sugar a person chooses to eat and you can’t punish the ones of us that are responsible. You can however stop the amount of chemicals that are allowed to grow our food and create our food. Stop the poisoning of this country and leave the natural products.
No, self discipline plays a large part!!!
sugar tax is exactly the lamebrained thinking that would come from this administration! It will only hurt small businesses, which are hurting enough. Big businesses like nestle will be fine. People need alternatives to unhealthy foods, but the unhealthy stuff is what they go for because it's quick and easy to make, and you can eat it quickly, then get back to work. Give people more time to eat healthy foods, give them more time to hit the gym, Hell give gyms incentives to lower the cost of physical fitness! Teach people how to cook healthy! And for the love of god give us fucking Medicare for all!!
Either do away with the sugar subsidies or tax the use of sugar but the additional revenue should be earmarked to help subsidize Obamacare. While we are at it, let’s tax guns on an annual basis and earmark those funds to go to victims of gun violence. This way the second amendment people can continue to keep their guns if it is that important to them and we may reduce the number of guns in circulation. We tax alcohol and cigarettes, I believe sugar and guns are just as dangerous.
Ok. While a lot of people make good points on here and some just have to run off at the mouth proving they know nothing about the subject they are acting like some kind of authority on and some who just want to insult people and use crude language. Once again I refer to Samuel Clemens. He said something along these lines: When one knows nothing about a subject it is far better to keep ones mouth shut and be thought stupid, than it is to open the mouth and remove all doubt as to ones stupidity.
Yeah - tax sugar to combat obesity. Sure worked for alcohol, cigarettes, drugs and guns. Is there some yahoo in DC saying “We really won the war on drugs... ummm, Someone hold my beer!”
Not eating everything in site is more helpful than taxes on sugar - what’s next a tax on carbs? And aren’t these adults? Please make someone accountable for something-
If 5% appears too small be thankful I don’t take it all cause I’m the Tax man! JOIN THE BLUE WAVE AND VOTE EVERY REPUBLICAN OUT OF OFFICE!
You can see how well that tax would work since taxing alcohol has done so well to cure alcoholism. Same with cigarette tax. Idiotic.
Simply taxing sugar likely won't do much to reduce obesity. It's true that refined sugar consumption is a major contributor to the epidemic of diabetes and obesity that are ruining many lives, but the solution has to make eating differently--largely a plant-based diet--logistically possible and available. A healthy life requires ingestion of a variety of nutrients and avoidance of problematic "foods," especially salt, refined sugars, and refined oils. To learn about this, watch the online videos produced by Food Revolution and their various summits; the 2018 summit is coming up soon. Check it out. When I say logistically possible, I have in mind the geography of food availability and the fact that those who most urgently need to change their diet often live in areas where the easiest foods to find are produced by fast food outlets, which sell mainly problematic foods, designed to be addictive. This practice is driven by the corporate pursuit of maximum profits and the willingness to sacrifice the health of our neighbors. I agree that government or public action is needed. Public education on these issues is needed. It must be done creatively so that people see how their liberty is enhanced by following nutritional advice.
This is America! Sugar tax is ridiculous AND will hurt Louisiana farmers! VOTE NO
Sugar taxes are sadly not the cure for obesity. Until an individual decides their health is important enough and decides to discipline themselves appropriately they will be overweight. Some will ease into letting it become overwhelmingly out of control. In moderation and not excessively consumed, sugar should be enjoyed.
I support Mark Zuckerberg and believe he is willing to do anything he needs to fix the problems with Facebook and help protect elections in this country.