just one more way the government wants to run your life. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/18/opinion/18kristof.html?ref=opinion Mr. Paterson suggested the tax an 18 percent sales tax on soft drinks and other nondiet sugary beverages to help raise $400 million a year to plug a hole in the state budget. But its also a landmark effort that, if other states follow, could help make us healthier. Is this the country our ancestors believed was the hope to all. the country that allowed people to be free and to live lives defined by liberty? We have an unprecedented trend in this country of the government interfering in the private lives of its citizens. We have the government and political parties wanting to legislate what we eat, drink, smoke, wear, drive, who we can marry, how much we can earn. At what point does the government add the straw that breaks the citizens' backs? When do we as Americans in the land of the "free" say enough? Or do you all want to live in a country where the government controls every aspect of your life, where all free choice is taken from you, where you become so fucking mindless that you can't think for yourselves?