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"There's no doubt that our kids drink way too much soda. And every study that's been done about obesity shows that there is as high a correlation between increased soda consumption and obesity as just about anything else. Obviously it's not the only factor, but it is a major factor."A few enthusiasts have concluded that soda taxes must be just around the corner. But despite Obama's interview, a White House spokesman said the president will not be pushing for a soda tax, and there's not much support in Congress either.
If that changes, however, the soft drink industry is ready. A group called Americans Against Food Taxes started up back in June -- "Americans" referring primarily to soft drink companies -- and Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent more or less stated that soda taxes are communist. "I have never seen it work where a government tells people what to eat and what to drink," he told Bloomberg News. "It if worked, the Soviet Union would still be around."
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