Back in November, we at CT Boom made an effort to address a proposed Soda Tax from Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro. Dubbed (by me) as a declaration of war on soda, the tax would cost one cent for every teaspoon of sugar.
At the time, I was torn on the issue. On the one hand, a drink that can also clean dirt and rust off pennies probably shouldn’t be consumed in the quantities that it is. On the other hand, is it really the government’s place to tell us how much soda we can drink?
Well, it seems the War on Soda is shifting – and it’s actually moving in a direction I can support.
According to NBC Connecticut, a bill proposing a ban on sugary drinks in child car centers will go to Connecticut’s House floor for debate after being approved by the state’s Education Committee.
Now, you might be thinking that this is the same thing as the soda tax: It tells people what they can and can’t drink and could be seen as an overreach of government power. And I’d be inclined to agree with you if we weren’t talking about children here.
My biggest complaint about government overreach in situations like these is that our public officials are trying to tell us to what to instead of explaining why we should do it. It’s being a helicopter parent vs. teaching your children how to act like mature adults and make good decisions.
By targeting such young children, I think this falls into the latter category. When we ban 3- and 4-year-olds from consuming sugary drinks, we are actually teaching them that a lifestyle without sugary drinks is a healthy and enjoyable one.
And if kids can learn that at a young age and keep it in place as they grow older, we might just stand a chance against this whole obesity thing that has been slowly killing us over the last 15-20 years. And that’s definitely something I can support.