@34 I agree that we need taxes to make our way of life possible, but I don't agree that regressive taxes on consumer goods, even unhealthy, luxury goods, is the best way to pay for things. It's not about whether or not it's an encroachment on freedom, it's about whether it's fair and/or financially sound. Let's say a soda tax does what it is supposed to and makes people buy less soda- then you have less tax money to pay for the things we need. Meanwhile, farm subsidies primarily go to incredibly wealthy tax cheats
If we end subsidies on things like corn, soy, and water monopolies
, the price of junk food, along with many other luxuries, will self-correct and there will be more tax dollars available for necessities like schools and roads, and we will actually have reduced the complexity of the tax code.