I love it when lefties try to promote themselves as champions of middle income and lower income Americans. Funny — they do not try to elevate lower income Americans out of their plight, just expand the amount of folks in the same category.
If you want to have a debate about how Obama increased the amount of Americans in poverty and on food stamps, I’m happy to. It’s laughable to hear the progressive socialist left talk about how they care so much for middle income Americans, yet their failed policies have brought about a stagnation of their wages. And there was even a fella supporting California’s exit from America who stated on Fox News that he didn’t care about middle income Californians leaving the state. The bottom line is that the Democrat Party today is just a collection of coastal and urban elites who sneer down their noses at America’s middle and lower income citizens. What is clearly evident is they believe they know better how to run your life than you.
As reported by the Free Beacon, “Philadelphia’s tax on sugary drinks has made soda more expensive than beer in the city. The Tax Foundation released a new study on the excise tax last week, finding that the 1.5-cent per ounce tax has fallen short of revenue projections, cost jobs, and has forced some Philadelphians to drive outside the city to buy groceries.
The study finds that the tax is 24 times higher than the Pennsylvania tax rate on beer. Purchases of beer are also now less expensive than nonalcoholic beverages subject to the tax in the city,” according to the study, written by Courtney Shupert and Scott Drenkard.
“Empirical evidence from a 2012 journal article suggests that soda taxes can push consumers to alcohol, meaning it is likely the case that consumers are switching to alcoholic beverages as a result of the tax. The paper, aptly titled From Coke to Coors, further shows that switching from soda to beer increases total caloric intake, even as soda taxes are generally aimed at caloric reduction.” The Tax Foundation points out that unlike most cities, Philadelphia passed the tax specifically to raise revenue, not to fight obesity. The city even includes diet sodas in its tax, as a way to raise money for pre-kindergarten programs. However, less than half of the $39.4 million collected since the tax went into effect on Jan. 1 has gone to education funding.
“[T]he tax was originally promoted as a vehicle to raise funds for prekindergarten education, but in practice it awards just 49 percent of the soda tax revenues to local pre-K programs,” Shupert and Drenkard write. “Another 20 percent of the soda tax revenues fund government employee benefits or city programs, while the rest of the money will go towards parks, libraries, and community schools.” Collections from the soda tax are also well below original projections of $92 million per year, due to tax avoidance.”
And just so you know, one of Obamacare’s twenty new taxes was a tax on cigarette use — tell me that doesn’t adversely affect middle and lower income Americans. I’ve said it and will say it over and over again, the progressive socialist left uses the power of taxation as a weapon to advance their ideological agenda. The left also uses taxation as a means of behavior modification, such as the individual mandate TAX which punishes you by way of coercive taxation if you don’t conform and comply to their policies and agenda. In that case, it was forcing you to buy a certain private sector commodity, incongruent with the commerce clause in the Constitution, and certainly something the insurance industry appreciated.
The government forcing Americans to buy a product is about as fascist as it comes, but typical of the liberal progressive left…and well appreciated by the insurance industry, at the time. Of course, since they’re not getting a taxpayer-funded bailout — the infamous risk corridor — the insurance companies are now pulling out of Obamacare exchanges.
Here we have another example of what the left is good at doing: deceptive taxation. The original reasoning for the soda tax was about fighting obesity…pre-K programs. Those objectives may have sounded admirable, but the reality is a stark difference. If you haven’t been paying attention, this same soda tax philosophy is now being implemented in Cook County (Chicago) in Illinois. And you can expect much of the same result. The bottom line is that our inner cities in America are being run into financial ruin by liberal progressives, and the only way they can try and figure things out is tax people more, and hide it within taxes they can tout as helping people. Who are these folks talking about fighting obesity? Perhaps if they were to incentivize healthy living in America — remember the original intent for food stamps? It was for lower income families to be able to purchase quality, healthy, American-grown foods for their families — now look at how the left has expanded use of Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards.
Now, I enjoy working out 6 days out of the week between my running, swimming, and calisthenics. I like to recharge my body with a nice cold bottle of Gatorade or Powerade. Is there sugar in those drinks? Yes, and I enjoy them and they’re part of my workout recovery. So what is the purpose of a sugar tax on me? Or others like me? This stuff doesn’t work and just shows once again the lengths the left will go to lie and deceive to advance their ideals by way of coercive taxation. So now we have folks buying more beer than sugar drinks, and that’s supposed to be a good thing?
This soda tax fiasco is further evidence of the self-licking ice cream cone of insidious taxation. Its true purpose is just to continue the funding of a bloated, ineffective and inefficient government bureaucracy. Now, perhaps if these funds were going to hire more law enforcement officers and public security or even city infrastructure, folks would understand. But to have sold this as a means towards funding pre-K education and it not being the case? Well, that’s simply fraud. But, that is the Democrat, the progressive socialist way.
Well, I think I’ll head out and purchase a nice Fanta orange drink. I normally do not partake in soda, but I feel a little defiant right now. No, what I’ll do is mix a fountain lemonade with Fanta orange.
Oh yeah, don’t forget that infamous tanning tax in Obamacare. This is how the left rolls.
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