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Researchers propose that sugars be taxed like other harmful and addictive substances

The results of research findings over the past 20 years have scientists urging governments to tax sugar in the same way as other harmful substances like tobacco and alcohol are. These addictive substances have high abuse potential, and any amount of their consumption is associated with an increase in morbidity. This inevitably strains the health care system with the cost of medical treatment. Diseases that require long term care, such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease now cost the medical system more than infectious disease. Until the modern era, infectious disease has always held that top rung. Rates have skyrocketed as the expected lifespan in developing nations is catching up to those in the developed world, for the first time providing the time needed to see the evidence of degenerative disease manifest.

Why are IRS agents carrying shotguns? Isn't the power to tax threatening enough?

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has not been a favorite of American taxpayers for decades, and the recent revelations that the agency improperly targeted specific political groups opposed to President Obama who were seeking tax-exempt status will only further erode the public's trust.