With this country formerly being a constitutional democracy, this just stands as further evidence that we, as a country, and more obviously as a state, are pulling away from this towards a form of dictatorial socialism. What happened to no taxation, without representation? Governor Patterson decries something, and apparently its law, without the taxpayers of NY having any say in the matter. I know for a fact that the people of NY are against this tax, as my room mate has held numerous rallies protesting against it. And this is in the more rural part of northern NY, St Lawrence county. These protests apparently fall on deaf ears, as this bill pushes forward. It shouldnt be the states place to tell people what they should be eating and drinking, and they most definitely should not be able to monetarily punish the people who do choose to enjoy a soda. In reference to the article, it implies that based on the proposed tax structure, soda is more dangerous to your health than wine or beer. What kind of message does that send to children? NY state is headed in a dangerous direction, as is this country on a whole. There will come a breaking point when the people have had enough. Taxing someones soda might be just another in a string of unjust taxes, or it might be the proverbial straw that breaks the camels back, as this is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of things our “elected representatives” are doing to return fiscal solvency to our bankrupt state under the guise of protecting us from ourselves. The people of NY should not have to pay any more than we have already for incompetant and corrupt leadership, who have squandered our tax dollars, only to tell us they need more from us, and then have the tenacity to dictate how theyre going to take our money. This will end badly for the state, and the country as a whole if they continue down this path, mark my words. Even in NY, with its stringent gun laws, most people in my community own a firearm… and our “representatives” should remember as much.