The time has come, the walrus said, to put a penny-per-ounce tax on soda, and a similar tariff on chips, etc.
With 2/3 of all Americans overweight, and 1/3 of us having crossed over into obesity, the time has definitely come.
Some say you can't legislate behavior with taxes, but that's bologna. Remember how smoking used to be glam? But then most advertising was banned, and cigarettes were taxed out of reach. Result: few children take up the habit.
This is a national health issue, and the only thing standing in the way of our dealing with it is lobbyists for the agribusiness industry.
Seize the carrot. And lose the high-fructose corn syrup.