New York Governor David Paterson has proposed to levy an 18 percent tax on non-diet soft drinks under the guise of combating obesity. Government doesn’t get much more cynical than this.
The Governor of New York may not be just physically handicapped. Non diet drinks to do cause obesity.
Furthermore, the concept of new taxes is based on the primary premise that we currently pay too little. We don't. Politicians also tend to tie the taxation to some common good. The money is almost never ultimately spent on that, but it sounds good to sell the tax hike.
Tell your representatives to cut spending or hand them a pink slip. We don't do this enough.