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We've got a sugar tax here in the UK as our newest form of indulgence tax. I wonder how a social media tax would go down with the public.

Isn't it only a tax on sugary drinks? And from my personal experience it just seems to be pushing people to buy Coke Zero/Diet Coke instead. Most people I know haven't complained much about it. I wonder if it will have the indended effets of reducing sugar consumption.

Chicago had a soda tax of a penny per ounce. Unfortunately it included all sodas and juices, sugary or not. There was so much backlash from it they got rid of the tax a few months later. I honestly would have been for it if it didn't include diet drinks. I believe it would have had a positive impact on public health.

The only time I noticed this is on the McDonald’s machine where the default is now Coke Zero (yuck) and “classic coke” costs 12p more. I still buy the classic coke. I hope the government puts the tax to good use!

>We've got a sugar tax here in the UK as our newest form of indulgence tax.

We just got one in Seattle as well

Progressive communities love this particular regressive tax.

You can be progressive and legitimately support regressive taxes

For some definition of "legitimate"... it would still be nice if some progressive expert could articulate particular reasons why regressive taxes are good if they have particular qualities, rather than just saying "we like this tax, but not other ones that seem similar to it". I'm not seeing hypocrisy, but rather a line of thought that hasn't been pursued all the way to its natural conclusion. If someone were inspired to make that pursuit, we could come to a better understanding. Although I am sympathetic to progressives, most would say I am unqualified to undertake that pursuit myself.

I'd love to see an argument for why this tax is not regressive...

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