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Quote of the Week (ConsumerFreedom.com)
ConsumerFreedom.com ^ | September 21, 2009

Posted on 09/22/2009 12:53:49 AM PDT by Still Thinking

Quote of the Week

We’ve covered a multitude of arguments against soda taxes. Speaking recently at the Rotary Club of Atlanta, Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent gave his own take (and perhaps the pithiest argument yet):

"I have never seen it work where a government tells people what to eat and what to drink. If it worked, the Soviet Union would still be around."

Today, Investor’s Business Daily noted the significance behind the quote:

Muhtar Kent knows a thing or two about guts. His father was a Turkish diplomat who in 1943 risked his life physically intervening to save 80 Turkish Jews, as cattle cars railroaded them from Marseille to a Nazi concentration camp.

So when your father has defied the Gestapo, maybe standing up to Uncle Sam is a piece of cake. With the president considering a tax on sodas and other non-diet soft drinks to fund Congress' designs on the health care system, and to try to reduce obesity, the Coke chairman refused to go flat.



TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Government
KEYWORDS: coke; muhtarkent; pepsi
I knew I picked the right horse thirty-five years ago when I realize Coke was good and Pepsi tasted like Obama!
1 posted on 09/22/2009 12:53:49 AM PDT by Still Thinking
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To: Still Thinking

Coca Cola is probably one of the few companies to really outperform in this market. A tax on it would be stupid, but then again I don’t really like that public schools sell this stuff.


2 posted on 09/22/2009 1:08:34 AM PDT by Rick_Michael (Have no fear "President Government" is here)
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Yeah, me either, but I don’t think they have any business regulating what the kids can bring for their own consumption, which some schools do try to do. I was raised to think that a soda was an occasional treat, not all that good for you, but if you have one once a week or so with a burger or taco, it’s fun and won’t kill you. As a result I probably drink two sodas a month. The parents need to be teaching the kids, rather than the schools teaching them that a village of busybodies is what’s needed.


3 posted on 09/22/2009 1:15:46 AM PDT by Still Thinking (If ignorance is bliss, liberals must be ecstatic!)
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To: Still Thinking

If people let government decide what foods they eat and
what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in
as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under
tyranny.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)


4 posted on 09/22/2009 1:31:28 AM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ((B.?) Hussein (Obama?Soetoro?Dunham?) Change America Will Die From.)
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