Wednesday, November 2, 2016

More no on 2H - the government gets it wrong too often


You may not have believed my last conspiracy-theory article on the big-business battle that's going to cost you more money. Regardless of the motives, it will cost you more money.

The tax proposed here is a tax on drinks with "added sugar". Since that's not a universally applied tax across everything that's sold in the city, here's what has to happen:

The city needs to pay someone to collect the revenue. They already have folks that do this, but an additional stream of revenue means at least more work for someone already employed, but likely means a whole new department.

The city needs to pay someone to audit businesses to make sure they're paying. Again, they may have people who do that already, but this will be an increased workload. Likely new hires.

The city needs to dole the funds out to "support healthy kids". Some one will need to manage the money and track that it's being spent right. Someone will need to write reports, some one will need to read them. Someone will need to rubber-stamp it all.

All of the city's costs should be funded by the tax, you say. I might agree with you. But the added jobs and departments and meetings and reviews of reports will never go away. This is a perpetual cost to the city, and it does make the government bigger.

But what about the stores that have to charge, collect, and remit to the city this tax? I guarantee in their databases they don't have a field for "added sugar". So there's a huge software cost to determine which drinks need to have a tax (and then a huge manual cost of noting which SKUs get the added tax). I work in software, so I know the costs of adding this to the back-end and POS systems. This would kill a smaller mom-and-pop shop. But even someone as large as Kroger (parent company of King Soopers and Lucky's) or Whole Foods is going to have a large software cost.

They'll also have to audit that the tax is being collected and cut a check to the City. That means there's more work for someone at the business offices.

This tax will necessarily create costs to the business which have to be made up in higher prices across the board. The mere existence of this tax will make everything, not just the sugar water, cost more, including the healthy foods that you're trying to feed your kids.

You may still believe that all of the costs are worth it - even factoring in the regressive nature of this tax. But what about the message that it sends? The message that it's okay for the government to get involved in your food supply?

Sin taxes may work, and the government may have gotten it right on tobacco. But there are more cases where they get it wrong. Denmark tried a fat tax, and it failed. The USDA has subsidized the grains and vegetable oils that are making everyone sick. When you allow the government to tell you what you can and cannot be eating, you are allowing anyone who chooses to leverage the power of the government to impose their will on you. Do you want a politically active vegan group adding a meat tax?

Sugar may be the most toxic thing we routinely eat (and I think it is), but giving the government power to meddle with our food supply is just dangerous. Next thing you know, they'll be doing no-knock raids on Amish farms because drinking raw milk is more dangerous to your health than a trigger happy federal agent with an M-16 in your face.

Don't send the message that the government knows better than you what you should be eating.



Workout

deadlift 3x5
3 pull-ups between sets

then

rowing skill workout:
you should be at or below your 2K pace all day
row 18 SPM for 2:00 then 
row 20 SPM for 2:00 then 
row 22 SPM for 2:00 then 
row 20 SPM for 2:00 then 
row 22 SPM for 2:00 then 
row 24 SPM for 2:00 then 
row 22 SPM for 2:00 then 
row 24 SPM for 2:00 then 
row 26 SPM for 2:00 then 
row 20 SPM for 2:00

If class is too crowded for the number of rowers, we'll come up with something in the same spirit.



Endurance Option

accumulate 15 deadlifts at 5RM
3 pull-ups between sets

then/or

rowing skill workout:
you should be at or below your AeroMAX
row 18 SPM for 2:00 then 
row 20 SPM for 2:00 then 
row 22 SPM for 2:00 then 
row 20 SPM for 2:00 then 
row 22 SPM for 2:00 then 
row 24 SPM for 2:00 then 
row 22 SPM for 2:00 then 
row 24 SPM for 2:00 then 
row 26 SPM for 2:00 then 
row 20 SPM for 2:00

If class is too crowded for the number of rowers, we'll come up with something in the same spirit.



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