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Soda Debate Taxes Our Patience

I hope the arrival of summer will bring a refreshing pause.  For years, Philadelphians have endured the harangues of partisans on all sides of the soda tax debate.  

From one side we hear that soda is unhealthy so we need to make it more expensive to discourage people from buying soda -- but not so expensive that nobody buys soda because we want to use soda-tax revenues to pay for things that some want.  From the other side, we hear that making soda more expensive will decrease demand for soda, which will mean that those in the soda-supply business might not make enough money to continue to employ soda suppliers -- and that it's not fair to tax anyone unless we tax everyone.  

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