November 19th, 2009
09:42 PM ET

A National Tax on Sodas?

A national soda tax would be...

There are federal taxes on alcohol and tobacco, and there seems to be a growing call for a national tax on sodas and sugary drinks.  Congress isn't debating a specific law on this now, but if it were to pass one, it would mean that you'd have to pay more for pop.

Many people blame sugary drinks for obesity, saying they add calories that consumers don't burn off.  Supporters of a tax say it would both discourage people from drinking excessive sodas and bring in billions of dollars for the government.  Critics of the idea say that sodas are harmless in moderation and that people should be free to drink them without any added costs.  Also, raising prices on anything during a recession is an extremely unpopular idea.

Weigh in on which argument you side with.

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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