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November 17, 2009
Forgive Me, For I Have Sinned

I brought three chocolates to work with me today and I ate them. And I ain't a bit sorry, even if I am a sinner!

As a (former) drinker, I didn't shout about paying "sin tax" on booze, even though I disagreed with sin taxes in principle. I just didn't care that much.

As a (current) smoker, I haven't argued over the double-digit "sin tax" on tobacco products. Even though I disagree with the principle, I had a vague hope that forcing retailers to charge $5 or $6 a pack would make the stuff too expensive for the next generation to indulge in. I had a hope, not strong, but a hope.

Well, now I hear that Colorado's state government is about to face the question of whether or not to enact a "sin tax" on chocolate.

A great many people--people who were smug and self-righteous about the tobacco sin taxes--are about to find themselves getting kicked with the same old sin boot. I wonder if they'll enjoy the experience?

I mean, after all, it's for their own good, right? They ought not to sin, but if they do, they have to pay the price.

Gosh, they should thank the government for making them better people!

Posted by AnneZook at 04:25 PM


No way: chocolate is good for you, if it's good chocolate. They should tax hydrogenated soy oil and lecithin, polysorbate 80 and whey solids. Call it a Hershey's Tax....

Posted by: Ahistoricality at November 17, 2009 06:27 PM


I could totally get behind taxing chocolate imitators!

Posted by: Anne at November 20, 2009 12:24 PM

Where is it written that chocolate is a sin? Has anyone even done any studies on the correlation between chocolate and say, violence? Or lung cancer? And if chocolate is decreed sinful how far behind it can peanut butter and cheeseburgers be?

It's all just an excuse for those in power to bully the rest of us into living our lives they way they think we ought. Oh and of course to rip more taxes out of us!

Posted by: Janet Holmes at December 11, 2009 04:44 AM