Government programs are such slippery slopes they should be called waterslides. I often seem heartless to people when I say that the government shouldn't be "compassionate" and start some new program to help a person that feels pain. I think it is more compassionate to the people as a whole to not open their lives to government intrusion, no matter what the circumstance. So that takes me to the concept of sin taxes. They aren't actually called sin taxes, but that is their unofficial name. The idea is to place a sales tax on purchases of a "sinful" item, like cigarettes and alcohol. The problem with the “sin” concept is how sin is interpreted. We know our government’s focus has to been to become as secular as possible, so the idea of a secular sin is a bit of an oxymoron. Since there is no moral basis for determining the sin, the sin turns into the whim of the current party in power. I’m sure everyone who thought it would be a great idea to target smoking and drinking didn’t foresee the targeting of sugar and fat. I’m sure they didn’t realize that under our current administration driving would be a sin because of the impact on the environment. When we hand over to the government the ability to determine sin with nor moral basis, and give them the ability to level judgement, our slippery slope is a landslide of disappearing liberties. Think about this concept as Obama looks to healthcare, banking, and the auto industry.