I see the logic in this. Soda is one of the leading causes of Western health problems. It's almost like making tiny down payments on how much these health problems will cost the system later. It is, however, disproportionately affecting people who have less money to begin with. And I don't think that's right. Overall though, I wouldn't mind if this gets passed, because (1) let's face it, it's not a huge tax, and it's on something people really don't need, (2) I see it possibly gradually changing the overall health of this country, and (3) honestly, it doesn't affect me much as I don't drink soda (at least I'm honest).
A much SMARTER thing for the government to do would be to end the stupid subsidies that make soda so cheap in the first place. We subsidize the crap out of corn and soybeans - so every bit of processed food in this country is made of corn and soybeans (including the animal products - it's nearly all they're fed). No variety = terribly unhealthy food. It should NOT be cheaper for me to buy a disgusting, processed burger, soda, and bag of potato chips than it is for me to buy some freakin' produce (ACTUAL FOOD!). These subsidies have condemned poor people in America to a permanent state of disease. You can't feed healthy people OR animals on just the different physical and chemical extractions you can get from 2 plants. (It's crazy what you learn when you start reading ingredients labels, huh? lol) It's a terribly unethical thing we're doing. The government should spread those subsidies to local, organic, sustainable produce of all types. Subsidizing something so it's the cheapest ingredient, then taxing it back when people eat/drink it, is stupid and discriminatory.