“Pour Some Sugar On Me”

Unless you’re in Seattle, because it has become rather too expensive there.

Seattle Sugar Tax Raises Soda Prices by 75 Percent

Now that’s some change Seattle-ites can believe in! Especially since “change they can believe in” is the only change they’ll have left if they ever decide to buy a sugary drink again.

To illustrate:

Sugar Tax

Of course, having as much understanding of market forces and basic economics as a Gender Studies major, the politicians enacting this particular wallet rape are as hilariously stupid as usual:

Seattle officials expect a $15 million boost in the first year. Since this was sold as a health initiative, $2 million of that will expand a city program that gives fruit and vegetable vouchers to low-income families. Of course, only $400,000 will go to actual vouchers; the other $1.6 million stays with the government for “administrative costs.”

Why of course! The natural response of demand to massive increases in price is, why, nothing at all! People will happily go on consuming every bit as much of a good if it costs twice as much! That apparently, is the sum total of what they teach about economics in law school, which is where 99% of politicians come from.

They’re so adorable when they try to think, aren’t they?

Not to mention the internal contradiction in claiming that a new sin tax is to “improve health” while, at the same time, claiming that said sin tax won’t change consumption at all.

You really have to have a degree to be that stupid.

The icing on this particular political cake of idiocy is, of course, that only 20% of this projected (and wholly illusory) windfall will actually go to anything remotely useful, while 80% of it will slide into the pockets of a new horde of pointless wastes of skin, the blood sucking class of parasites known as “bureaucrats”.

So, business as usual, we guess.

Good luck with your new vast mounds of cash, because we’re absolutely certain that in no way will this result in citizens of Seattle either quitting sugary drinks or driving all the way outside of city limits to purchase them.

That could never happen!

Thatisall.

9 comments

  1. 1
    angrywebmaster growls and barks:

    So would this be a good time to set up a store selling nothing but soda’s and other items just outside the Seattle tax zone?
    :em03:

  2. 2
    Terrapod growls and barks:

    Yup, just like fireworks sales, banned in Michigan, freely available over the state line in Indiana. But wait! This is Seattle…. the city geniuses will now hire a city limits police forces, fully armed with Tactical Black(TM) uniforms to inspect every car and truck entering the city limits :em05:

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    angrywebmaster growls and barks:

    Terrapod @ #:

    the city geniuses will now hire a city limits police forces, fully armed with Tactical Black(TM) uniforms to inspect every car and truck entering the city limits

    You kid, but up here in the Great State of New Hampshire, there have been many occasions when the People’s Democratic Republic of Taxachusetts has sent State police into NH to identify cars with mass plates at the local malls and more importantly, the state liquor stores.
    They used to radio down to patrol cars just across the border with the tag numbers and amazingly, every single one was pulled over. We also have a mall near me with a few hundred square feet of parking lot across the border. So what did Taxachusetts do? Sent state revenue agents to shake down the mall stores for not collecting Taxachusetts sales taxes.
    :em08:
    The store owners called the real police and the governor threatened to have these agents and other state thugs arrested and tried of they pulled that stunt again.
    :em01:

  4. 4
    LCBrendan growls and barks:

    Funny part is that the Aussie government discussed this..and said no.

    But, the coalition insists it’s taking the required action to tackle the challenge of obesity and won’t sweeten to making a deal that taxes sugary beverages.

    “We do not support a new tax on sugar to address this issue,” a spokesman for Health Minister Greg Hunt said.

    “Unlike the Labor party, we don’t believe increasing the family grocery bill at the supermarket is the answer to this challenge.”

    What do you know, Lord Waffler got it right for once,.

  5. 5
    DJ Allyn, MPSE growls and barks:

    Seattle has some serious problems right now. One of the BIGGEST problems is that they have Kshama Sawant on the Seattle City Council. Not only is she a Socialist from India, she is extraordinarily stupid — even for a socialist.

    Her biggest claim to fame is that she calls herself an ‘economist’. She taught ‘economics’ at Seattle Community College. I don’t think I would trust her to teach kids how to balance a checkbook.

    I currently live in Vancouver BC. I am about a mile away from where Jones Soda used to be before they moved down to Seattle in 2000. Now they are talking about moving back up here because of the tax.

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    You really have to have a degree to be that stupid.

    Indeed, and indeed.

    Not only is she a Socialist from India, she is extraordinarily stupid — even for a socialist.

    Dude, please. Socialism IS, in and of itself, the stupidest construct ever foist upon humanity. It simply WILL NOT WORK. But you know this.

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    DJ Allyn, MPSE growls and barks:

    LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E. says:

    Dude, please. Socialism IS, in and of itself, the stupidest construct ever foist upon humanity. It simply WILL NOT WORK. But you know this.

    Kshama Sawant takes the stupidity to a level that even you would find breathtaking. Watch a couple of minutes of the video in that article — if you can. Personally, I can only stand about ten seconds of hearing her speak. Just the sound of her voice causes me to visualize beating her face in.

    There are “socialists” and then there is Kshama Sawant the Socialist. She can make Lenin look like a capitalist. Or Bernie Sanders seem like Rand Paul.

    It’s gotten to the point where I can’t stand going down to Seattle for any period of time.

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    BC, Imperial Torturer growls and barks:

    Damn, Deej, if she’s bad enough to make YOU stand up and say:

    ” Not only is she a Socialist from India, she is extraordinarily stupid — even for a socialist.”

    … I’m not going to click on the link that you so kindly provided. That’s gotta be some Singularity o’ Stoopid and it’s waaaay too early in the year to be sacrificing my yearly allotment of brain cells that I set aside for that kind of shit.

    Happy Gnu Ears, eh!

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    DJ Allyn, MPSE growls and barks:

    BC, Imperial Torturer says:

    Damn, Deej, if she’s bad enough to make YOU stand up and say:

    LOL!

    You guys have been accusing me of being a “socialist” for all these years simply for having views that aren’t quite as far to the Right as you are. The reality is — and always has been — that I am pretty damn close to the middle, and depending on the specific issue, I could be slightly Left or slightly Right of center.

    I spent the first half of my life as a Republican. It wasn’t until the second term of Reagan that I started leaning Democrat. In fact,the first Democratic president I voted for was Bill Clinton. I chose not to vote at all in 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2016, because there wasn’t anyone on the ballot I could support. I will never vote for someone or something as a consolation prize. The lesser of two evils is still evil. I had thought about voting for Evan McMullin as a write-in if I thought he would have gotten anywhere.

    Besides, I spend most of my time now in British Columbia now. (it’s where the work is) It’s a wee bit too Left for me, but nowhere near as off the rails as it is down there in Seattle right now.