Friday, June 01, 2012
As the cartoon suggests, enforcement of the law would drain vital resources and come at a high cost. Therefore, the law should not be put in place.
Are there ways to internalize the costs of super-sized drinks? I think one way to get parents to conform to the law is to raise their health insurance premiums if their children consume these drinks. The dentists I know, all say they can tell when a patient consumes large amounts of soda.
Another way to stop the slurping of sugar drinks is to tax it like cigarettes. Taxes usually distort incentives and open black markets. All drinks could come with a warning label that outlines how much weight can be gained by drinking these drinks in a year.
In the end, it comes down to the role that society wants the government to play. Do you really want a government that tries to regulate everything you put into your mouth?