This argument for them raises an interesting question: Is there a distinction in principle between “sin taxes” on cigarettes and alcohol, which most people support, and taxes on fat consumption? In all of these cases there are negative-externalities and public-health arguments in favor of taxation. Otoh, there could be distinctions based on the addictiveness of the product and the harm of the first unit of consumption. There could also, of course, be distinctions in the magnitude of the public-health and other consequences. I suspect that there isn’t a fully satisfying distinction. But then, I’m not a fan of sin taxes to begin with.
Attention, journalists of America: Time is running out! You have under three weeks left to publish your last batch of over-the-top pre-election puff pieces on Texas Democrat/cross-country liberal sensation/wing-and-a-prayer Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke! It is here that we must face the difficult truth: ... Read More
Way back in January, I went through the then-34 seats where a Republican incumbent was retiring and concluded that most were in deeply red districts and not likely to flip to Democrats. Pollsters and media organizations are less inclined to conduct surveys of House races, both because there’s less public ... Read More
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) has been telling a story for years. It’s a deeply romantic story about her parents and their young love, fraught with the familial bigotry of an earlier time. Here’s how she told it this week in a video she released in preparation for her 2020 run: My daddy always said he ... Read More