It is only fitting that in a city where a statue of communist dictator Vladimir I. Lenin stands on American soil that the actions of radical leftist city council members are geared to the redistribution of wealth.
— Downtrend.com (@DowntrendCom) August 16, 2017
The empire of grungy stoners and socialist ideologues that is Seattle has socked it to residents with a costly new tax on sugary drinks that already has citizens furious only days after the regressive tax went into effect.
Sticker shock over Seattle's new sugary drink tax https://t.co/RdQoQIo2qv
— KIRO 7 (@KIRO7Seattle) January 6, 2018
Via Seattle television station KIRO-7 “Sticker shock over Seattle’s new sugary drink tax”:
People are feeling sticker shock over Seattle’s sugary drink tax.
You might’ve seen a picture circulating on social media that shows a more than $10 tax on a $15.99 case of Gatorade at Costco. On Friday, shoppers were taking their own pictures, stunned by the new prices.
Advocates of the tax held a press conference on Friday, to explain how the city plans to use the $15 million expected to be raised from the tax in 2018.
One Costco shopper loaded a case of Coca-Cola into her cart, not noticing the new price until KIRO7 pointed it out.
“That much!” said Vilma Villagran, who was buying the case for her family.
The regular case of Coke is now $7.35 more expensive than the Diet Coke or Coke Zero.
“I knew it was going to be high, but not that crazy high,” Villagran said.
Other shoppers closely read the sign, which explains that as of Jan. 1, Seattle shoppers are paying 1.75 cents per ounce on sugar-sweetened beverages – something shoppers are really noticing when buying in bulk.
The tax has many people opting for the diet soda.
Supporters of the tax said that’s the point – not necessarily to switch to diet soda, but getting consumers to go for healthier options.
“I’m just very excited,” said Jim Krieger, who is on the committee for Seattle Healthy Kids Coalition and is the executive director of Health Food America.
“The hope is consumption of the unhealthy product — which causes heart disease, diabetes — will go down, the sugary drinks to go down, and we fully expect that to be the case,” Krieger said.
The other purpose is tax dollars.
The $15 million Seattle expects to raise from the tax will go toward programs that will help people who are in need have better access to fresh fruits and vegetables. The money will also fund education programs. See the full breakdown provided at the end of the article.
For example: a 7.95 tax on a 10.00 case of Coke.
— KCCI News (@KCCINews) January 7, 2018
And a 10.34 tax on a case of 15.99 Gatorade.
— Deedee Sun (@DeedeeKIRO7) January 5, 2018
The arrogant city council members claim that an extensive study was undertaken and the determination was made that the excessive gouging by the gauleiters of the nanny state would not harm local businesses.
That argument is idiotic because all that a consumer has to do is to get out of the city in order to avoid being shaken down in Seattle.
But as George Orwell once famously wrote in his classic novel Animal Farm, “all animals are equal but some animals are more equal than other animals” which is perfectly illustrated by which company just happened to get an exemption from the tax.
— Daniel Beekman (@DBeekman) January 2, 2018
Big surprise here….