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    Ill. lawmaker says raising obese kids should cost parents at tax time

    Ill. lawmaker says raising obese kids should cost parents at tax time

    BY HANNAH HESS • hhess@post-dispatch.com > 217-782-4912 STLtoday.com | Posted: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 4:31 pm |

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. • An Illinois lawmaker says parents who have obese children should lose their state tax deduction.

    "It's the parents' responsibility that have obese kids," said state Sen. Shane Cultra, R-Onarga. "Take the tax deduction away for parents that have obese kids."

    Cultra has not introduced legislation to deny parents the $2,000 standard tax deduction, but he floated the idea Tuesday, when lawmakers took a shot at solving the state's obesity epidemic.

    With one in five Illinois children classified as obese and 62 percent of the state's adults considered overweight, health advocates are pushing a platter of diet solutions including trans fat bans and restricting junk food purchases on food stamps.
    LOL! I knew this would happen eventually. When they were busy persecuting the smokers at work, I told them that eventually the day would come when the health Nazis would come after the porkers. That day is drawing close.

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    Taxed by the pound. I say triple the tax if they are obese and on welfare, food stamps, or any other public "assistance" program.
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    Ill lawmaker should shut the fuck up and do his job. How he can call childhood obesity the parents' responsibility at the same time as proposing a government solution is the height of hypocrisy or at least just stupidity.
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    Ill lawmaker should shut the fuck up and do his job. How he can call childhood obesity the parents' responsibility at the same time as proposing a government solution is the height of hypocrisy or at least just stupidity.
    It doesn't matter how stupid this is - eventually, some politician or bureaucrat will get it off the ground and the money will pour in. There is simply no end to the revenue streams this type of thinking can generate. Remember, they will start with the parents who already feel bad about little Madison being the size of a dump truck but they won't end there. Little Maddy will eventually grow up and have to start paying more on her own behalf: higher health insurance, penalties for infrastructure wear and tear, reduced benefits at work or whatever. Later, the rest of us will have pay a surcharge on certain foods because we might become fat in the future. Then the class action lawsuits against Kraft and others will begin.

    Oh, yes - we've been to this rodeo before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    It doesn't matter how stupid this is - eventually, some politician or bureaucrat will get it off the ground and the money will pour in. There is simply no end to the revenue streams this type of thinking can generate. Remember, they will start with the parents who already feel bad about little Madison being the size of a dump truck but they won't end there. Little Maddy will eventually grow up and have to start paying more on her own behalf: higher health insurance, penalties for infrastructure wear and tear, reduced benefits at work or whatever. Later, the rest of us will have pay a surcharge on certain foods because we might become fat in the future. Then the class action lawsuits against Kraft and others will begin.

    Oh, yes - we've been to this rodeo before.
    Oh I agree with you 95%. And powers that be will talk about obesity problems while they make sure no real change is made in dietary habits and they won't talk about things that really matter like exercise in order to keep the money rolling in. That's why I don't think the lawsuits would happen.
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    Oh I agree with you 95%. And powers that be will talk about obesity problems while they make sure no real change is made in dietary habits and they won't talk about things that really matter like exercise in order to keep the money rolling in. That's why I don't think the lawsuits would happen.
    The lawsuits will happen. Smokers are no longer the cash cow thy once were but the states and the Feds are hopelessly addicted to the revenue from smoking. They have to make that up somehow and food will be the next target. It's even better since everybody has to eat and everybody could potentially become fat. The same fake science will be brought into play, the same law firms will sharpen their claws, and the same activist judges will rule on the evidence.

    It's exactly the same but with a thousand times more potential in terms of money. I wouldn't be surprised if at some time down the road the government declared itself the only "safe" food producer (who is also immune from lawsuits). Then they can really tell you what and how to eat and they can charge you for the privilege of not starving.
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    I clicked on the guy's profile, where there was a photo. He's got two chins. It was just a head photo, so I don't know if his body is fat, but most people with a double chin have plenty of meat on their bones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    It doesn't matter how stupid this is - eventually, some politician or bureaucrat will get it off the ground and the money will pour in. There is simply no end to the revenue streams this type of thinking can generate. Remember, they will start with the parents who already feel bad about little Madison being the size of a dump truck but they won't end there. Little Maddy will eventually grow up and have to start paying more on her own behalf: higher health insurance, penalties for infrastructure wear and tear, reduced benefits at work or whatever. Later, the rest of us will have pay a surcharge on certain foods because we might become fat in the future. Then the class action lawsuits against Kraft and others will begin.

    Oh, yes - we've been to this rodeo before.
    Hey there... I lost some weight over the winter. Its now more like an over sized pick up truck.:D
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    It's time to kill all the lawyers. :mad:
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    Once they figured out they could silence the majority of voters through IRS tax codes, it was only a matter of time before they decided to use taxes to force everyone to fall in line.
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    In actual dollars, President Obama’s $4.4 trillion in deficit spending in just three years is 37 percent higher than the previous record of $3.2 trillion (held by President George W. Bush) in deficit spending for an entire presidency. It’s no small feat to demolish an 8-year record in just 3 years.

    Under Obama’s own projections, interest payments on the debt are on course to triple from 2010 (his first budgetary year) to 2018, climbing from $196 billion to $685 billion annually.
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