Cities like Philadelphia and Berkeley have started taxing sugary soft drinks, but the tax is controversial. Supporters say with the national epidemic of obesity and Type II diabetes, we need to tax soda for public health. They also point to the soda industry's billions in profits, and say a small tax can help pay for childhood education and public health programs. Opponents say soda taxes are tools of the nanny state—and taxes haven't been proven to curb soda consumption. Should we tax soda?
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