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Fast FoodAccording to The Los Angeles Times a California lawmaker is targeting the obesity epidemic with a tax that would slap a penny-an-ounce levy on drinks sweetened with sugar or corn syrup.

The food industry, not surprisingly, has squared off against the idea, arguing that the tax bill is a punitive assault on personal choice. “The government doesn’t have the right to social engineer,” said J. Justin Wilson, senior research analyst at the industry-backed Center for Consumer Freedom. “It doesn’t have a right to protect us from ourselves.”

No? The food folk are correct that this is a way of punishing people for unhealthy behavior. But they’re wrong when they say the government has no role to play in prodding people to do better.

The other prominent sin taxes out there, for tobacco and alcohol, raise money for health and education programs, and that’s a good thing. But their main purpose is to make these products more expensive and thus less attractive to potential users.

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