Caseworker Alice Pitney

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Kudos to Nicholas Kristof

I love Nicholas D. Kristof. America needs more men like him. In his latest column, he supports what he calls the "Miracle Tax Diet." Kudos to Governor Paterson of New York for proposing it. Making soda more expensive will help some people to wean themselves from that dangerous drug. But, unfortunately, and as Kristof seems to know, many people will continue to drink soda despite this tax. And they will continue to eat other unhealthy foods. Kristof, like me, is in favor of a Twinkie Tax as well. But the problem is that some people will continue to eat these terroristic foods even with such a tax.

And beyond just food, many people will continue to fail to exercise or improve themselves socially and in many other ways unless we tax their failure to do so. And even once we tax their failure to do so, those who can afford to pay the tax will continue to fail to do so. We owe it to them and to our great nation to go beyond this small idea of taxing unhealthy choices. Only outlawing these dangerous behaviors and, after that is accomplished, re-educating the people who would seek them out illegally -- only that will turn the tide and help people make the most of their potentials.

Because taxing and outlawing unhealthy behavior, while necessary and entirely justified, are not long-term solutions. Tax them, yes. Outlaw them, yes. We must do both. But we also have to teach people to want to do the right thing, the moral thing. And if they don't want to do the right thing, we have to teach them a little more until they do. We owe it to them to do whatever it takes to change their minds and, yes, their souls.

Say it with me: Keep Improving!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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