Rob Rogers by Rob Rogers

Rob Rogers

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  1. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, over 3 years ago

    I’m sure the Cheeseburger Tax is being drafted by Pelosi and her commie friends.

  2. Kylie2112

    Kylie2112 said, over 3 years ago


    I thought that was the conservative idea: point of use taxes and fees.

  3. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 3 years ago

    Does Mr. Rogers’s cartoon lament a loss in the war against obesity, diabetes, and other health related issues caused by carbonated sweetened drinks? The cartoon seems to support Mr. Bloomberg’s failed law and is presented as a slap in the face of those who stood against it.
    Mr. Bloomberg was once vilified for banning smoking in public indoor venues, he is now hailed by many as a visionary for that same “nanny state” provision. Contrary to early fears, bars did not close from loss of customers who smoke, and appreciation for the law has grown over time.
    There is a miniscule number of people who can offer informed argument against the position that soft drinks, used in excess, are an underlying cause to many health problems ranging from obesity to osteoporosis. The comments I’ve seen over the last few days rarely attack the health issue, but instead, attack the issue of personal responsibility/liberty.
    The law doesn’t limit the number of drinks one can have. It only limits the size of the cup. Most restaurants have free refills for those who dine in, so that’s not an issue. I’m sympathetic to this next point. When traveling long distances, I like to fill my 32 oz Big Gulp cup so I don’t have to stop for more caffeine. However, because of the health issue, I keep a small cooler in the car where I can reach bottles of water – bottles I refill and reuse – and have bought less soda. Stores can get travelers like me by letting me use my receipt for free refills during the course of the day. If I can free soda refills at 7-11 gas stations by showing the receipt for the first soda purchase of the day, they can get me to pull in to their store over some of the others. Soda companies can also lower the prices of the 2 liter bottles. In other words, I don’t see this as a major inconvenience.
    The biggest complaint is the ‘nanny state’ argument. I’m sympathetic to this. We HAVE to wear seat belts or get a ticket. We HAVE to wear helmets in Virginia when on a motorcycle. We HAVE to smoke outside (if we smoke). There are many more examples. Most of these are good ideas, especially in certain circumstances. Sodas don’t seem the same kind of threat that second hand smoke, or driving in fast moving congested traffic does. However, health costs are the number on factor driving up debt in the USA. Over 50% of Americans are overweight and at risk for weight related issues. ALL Americans feel the weight of taxes lost to emergency rooms where people with no health insurance, or poor health insurance, create an invisible tax on the rest of those who use hospitals for the ER, or just to get an MRI or cat scan.
    I am grateful for the debate this cartoon and the issue has raised. The question is this…how can Americans be encouraged to take actions that make them healthier and less of a burden to our medical tax dollars? The simplest answer is education. Another might be a tax on manufacturers of sodas, high fat products, that would go into the healthcare budget and which they would add to the cost they charge to vendors who would, of course, add to the cost of sales to purchasers. The gas tax is supposed to pay for road repairs, a ‘soda tax’ would pay for health repairs.
    I prefer education over taxation, but it is obvious that until Americans can self regulate their behaviors contributing to poor health and costs to all of us who use hospitals, some other options need to be considered.
    What can we do to make people eat and drink healthier?
    & Respectfully,

  4. ODon

    ODon said, over 3 years ago

    Take a look at the trends and forecasts for incidence of pancreatic cancer. We are literally eating our way to a new health disaster.

  5. treesareus

    treesareus said, over 3 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    Brevity is the soul of wit….

  6. treesareus

    treesareus said, over 3 years ago

    Singling out one food item out of all of the foods that people over eat is silly.

  7. treesareus

    treesareus said, over 3 years ago

    Why not legislate plate size? Spoon size? Fork size?

  8. treesareus

    treesareus said, over 3 years ago

    Bloomberg should command all doors be 24" wide. That way fat people would be left outside.

  9. treesareus

    treesareus said, over 3 years ago


    No. That is a liberal idea. Tax tobacco, booze etc to slow the use. But they don’t understand taxing productivity slows productivity.

  10. uh-oh

    uh-oh said, over 3 years ago

    Corn syrup.

  11. Rickapolis

    Rickapolis said, over 3 years ago

    Ignore nutrition, ignore science, ignore rationality. Meet the Republicans.

  12. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, over 3 years ago

    How did you know I drink tea?

  13. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, over 3 years ago

    The local grocery chain where I buy most of my food had a Buy One Get One Free sale on boxed pasta.
    That is the first time I noticed they no longer have 8 oz boxes, they have 16oz and 32 oz (I bought thin spaghetti)

  14. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    I posted this on a similar cartoon so pardon my spamming, but it does reflect my sentiments on “the individuals choice to eat or overeat as they choose.”

    I have a libertarian solution. Saves money too. If the chubbett’s want to become morbidly obese, and then they develop all the traditional ailments that go with it, the government gives them a diet book and a gym membership subsidized by 50%. Saves billions in health care costs and satisfies societies need to feel like they are helping them. Satisfies the freedom of choice for the individual and a responsible action on the part of government without excessive cost.

  15. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 3 years ago


    Treesareus, you are right. Six of those seven paragraphs were long comments in themselves. I fear I have much more soul than wit. I suppose I should have picked among them, but, the lack of wit prevented me from seeing the soul of the point I wanted to make.
    I’ll work on it.
    Thank you, Tree. Others have told me the same thing in much harsher tones.

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