There is a move in America to demonize anything "Big" — Big Tobacco, Big Oil, Big Health Insurance, Big Food and Big Agriculture.

It’s not hip to be big anymore. The producers of the documentary Food Inc., attack big ag corporations, insinuating they have a monopoly on seed and livestock operations. Then there’s USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative, which seeks to “help develop local and regional food systems and spur economic opportunity.” It’s a thinly disguised initiative to promote small ag, which has become trendy among the elite. 

The reasoning is that Big Ag Companies don't have your best interests at heart when they manufacture your food. They put nasty, toxic chemicals in your food — cue the evil laughter — because they feel like it, and they can make a profit off of it while slowly killing you. Big companies pollute the rivers and streams so that your daughters will grow up to experience puberty at an extremely early age, and your community will have increased rates of cancer and other diseases. So, if you can grow it and tend it yourself, or buy it from a gardener farmer, it'll be safer and healthier. Best of all, it'll give you warm fuzzies at night when you go to sleep.  

We all know Big Corn is why this country is obese. Once mothers wean children, we all know we put them on a steady diet of soft drinks, energy drinks and sweetened juices and set them in front of televisions to keep them safe. Some would argue the desire to protect children from everything has created the obesity problem in this country. That mentality began the original push to protect people against the Big Sugar and Big Soft Drink industries. As a result, legislators in multiple states are considering taxing sodas 10 cents per teaspoon of sugar in sugary beverages. Some senators would like it included in the new national health care legislation being considered.

A sugar tax is being spun as a way to help the country, especially children, tackle the rising obesity problem. Let's not be fooled. Big Government likely doesn't have your best interests at heart either. Consider that most state governments are broke thanks to the recent economic downturn. City and state governments don't have the funds to cover their basic services because people are spending less, property taxes are down and families have moved away. Just look at the Kansas City Missouri Public School District, which plans to close nearly half of its schools due to a shrinking district as home owners flee to nearby suburbs — leaving a massive hole in the city’s budget.

Local and state governments are broke and are scrambling to find ways to recoup the tax money they have lost. Broad new taxes are unlikely to get voted in this year; so, the easiest thing to do is pass a new national tax that makes the public think they are doing something positive. Who would want to admit to not wanting our country to be healthier? But make no mistake, this proposed sugar tax is not meant to improve anyone's health or solve the obesity problem. It's designed to replace some of the tax money being lost by state and local governments and to stick it to Big Agriculture. No one has mentioned where all that tax money will go or how it will be spent either.

Why don't politicians pass a tax on the Xbox and Playstations? They promote a sedentary lifestyle and are likely to encourage the drinking of said sugary products.

If this type of tax is passed and successfully remains on the books, it will be a slippery slope to other taxes. Legislators are using the sentiment against big businesses to usher in a new wave of taxable goods. Soda pop will just be the beginning.