This sounds like a fantastic idea: Congress plans to tax unhealthy consumption habits:

If you make big bucks — or enjoy alcohol, cigarettes and Coke — the government might hit you up to pay for fixing the nation’s health care system.

On Tuesday, the Senate Finance Committee peeked into vending machines and liquor stores, company payrolls and health savings accounts, looking for a mix of tax increases and spending cuts as a way to pay for a health overhaul — which could cost more than $1.5 trillion over 10 years.

My advice to Republicans: object loudly enough to get noticed, but don't obstruct these taxes too much... they'll put you back in the majority in 2010!

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