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MolecularBird06
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The American Government Shouldn't Tax Fatty Foods

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MolecularBird06
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 3/3/2014 Category: Economics
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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MolecularBird06

Pro

First Round is Acceptance.
annarywang

Con

Fatty food is pollution to people's health what industrial pollution to our environment. The government has already taxed a variety of pollution. By taxing fatty food, government can take a step toward its goal to reduce obesity rate in the U.S.. People then will have less incentives to buy fatty food because of the higher price. Besides, the suppliers and firms than produce fatty food, in order to avoid taxation, will produce less fatty food or even they will develop some healthier substitutes. For the government, such action will increase fiscal income as well as reduce the expenditure for potential diseases that caused by over intake of fat such as obesity and diabetes. For people, their demand of fatty food will be reduced due to the extra payment and they are more likely to lead a healthy lifestyle by staying away from fatty food.
Debate Round No. 1
MolecularBird06

Pro

"By taxing fatty food, government can take a step toward its goal to reduce obesity rate in the U.S.. People then will have less incentives to buy fatty food because of the higher price. "

Taxing fatty foods will not help the problem. The majority of the people who eat fatty foods such as burgers are the people who are poor. Taxing fatty foods will simply harm them, not turn them away from fatty foods. When a person goes to burger king, the can buy a hamburger for a dollar, while if they went to a grocery store, they could buy some broccoli for the same price. Poor people can't afford to buy all of the vegetables to make a healthy meal. If poor people can barley afford second hand clothing, an apartment and a car, where are they going to get the money to pay for the taxes that would be required to pay for the taxes on fatty foods?

" in order to avoid taxation, will produce less fatty food or even they will develop some healthier substitutes. "

Places like Burger King will continue to do fine, they would just raise there prices. Poorer people will still turn to Burger King for food. If the government was to raise taxes to a level were vegetables became cheaper, this would cause many people to starve, or become homeless, due to the lack of money.

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http://frugivoremag.com...
annarywang

Con

annarywang forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
MolecularBird06

Pro

The government should not tax fatty foods. Homeless people would be hurt by this and starvation would become more widespread as people need to pay more for food. Also the government has a tendency to be counter productive towards problems like pizza being declared a vegetable.

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annarywang

Con

annarywang forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
MolecularBird06

Pro

Vote Pro.
annarywang

Con

annarywang forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
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