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This is What Happens When You Elect Democrats

The Democrat Party has to bear the embarrassing weight of the stupid policies they implement. And this one is terrible.

I showed my wife the picture and she just laughed. It was a picture from a supermarket in Seattle, showing the cost of a 36 pack of Dr. Pepper. Since she does the shopping at our house, I knew it would say more to her than it did me. The package was marked at $17.55. I scrolled over to the package of Gatorade marked at $26.33. She about swallowed her tongue.

“What is going on out there?” she asked. I zoomed in to show her the details on the price tag. The Dr. Pepper was originally priced at just $9.99, with a $7.56 “City of Seattle Sweetened Beverage Recovery Fee” added to it. The Gatorade was originally priced at $15.99, with a $10.34 “City of Seattle Sweetened Beverage Recovery Fee” added to it. In case you’re wondering, a “Sweetened Beverage Recovery Fee” is a fancy way of saying “tax.”

“Democrats are what’s going on out there,” I said as I walked away.

I wasn’t trying to be flippant or overly partisan, but it is what it is. And the Democrat Party has to bear the embarrassing weight of the stupid policies they implement. And there’s no question who implemented this one.

Seattle has nine members on their City Council. Eight of them are Democrats, and one calls herself a socialist. The Mayor is also a Democrat. The population of Seattle is overwhelmingly Democrat. In 2016, 84% of the city voted for Hillary Clinton, with Donald Trump barely carrying just 8%.

And this law is prototypical nanny-state liberalism in action. Just listen to those who implemented it:

“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.

Once again, rather than trusting people to make their own decisions, nanny-staters on the left seek to use the power of government compulsion to force people into choices they see as best for them. Of course, these will be the same voices who will scoff at the notion of using laws to promote other healthier lifestyles.

For instance, ask these Seattle Democrats their view on prohibition. Notice that this beverage tax actually excludes alcoholic drinks. Do we need to compare the health consequences of alcohol dependence with Coca-Cola? And do you suppose that Seattle’s first openly lesbian Mayor that supports this new tax would endorse a city-wide ban on sodomy given its extraordinarily deadly health effects? Or would she deem that an unjustifiable attempt to legislate morality, infringing on personal rights of expression?

Funny how that works, isn’t it?

And as with all of these nanny-state laws, there are the unintended consequences. Consider that Seattle is also the city that just increased its minimum wage to $15 an hour. So simply think this through logically:

What kinds of places typically hire minimum wage, entry level employees? Fast food joints and small restaurants. And on what product do those places typically make their largest profit margin? Sugary beverages like Coke and Pepsi products.

So the genius Seattle city government has just passed a tax that will discourage purchase of an item that provides the profit margins needed by restaurants and fast food establishments in order to pay their now drastically more expensive minimum wage employees. Meaning you can expect to see either layoffs, or at the very least, far fewer entry-level job seekers finding work in Seattle.

There’s never anything quite as damaging as good intentions. And Seattle seems full of them.

Does this tax apply to diet drinks? Some say that the artificial sweeteners have harmful affects that may be worse than sugar. So I'm curious whether all similar beverages are being taxed or only those containing sugar. Also, does the amount of sugar matter or are all beverages containing sugar in any quantity targeted? Bottom line: regardless of the answers to these questions the simple fact is that liberals want to control everyone else's life because they believe they are smarter than the rest of us simpletons. Since this is America where we are supposed to enjoy great individual freedom, I will fight them to the death before letting any stinking liberal control my life.

Wait, does this tax apply to fountain drinks as well? You mention that fast food restaurants make their biggest margin on soda (and this is true), but so do traditional sit down restaurants. Unintended consequences.

"Sweetened beverage recovery fee." That is an awesome euphemism! Good for Costco for breaking down the price and showing consumers WHY a case of soda has suddenly become so expensive. And I'm guessing people are just driving outside the city limits now to purchase it, right?

Yeah but whadaya expect them to do? Vote Republican? They want to put ship women to China in binders! The Handmaiden's Tale is a documentary yah know.

Weed? Sure. Coke? Hazardous, let's tax it out of existence.

Sales of these drinks will plummet and the tax will be declared a great success. Of course the rise of sales in the surrounding areas won't be mentioned.

I'm just glad Costco is informing people about why certain products are so high. If the people of Seattle want to pay double to allow their government to regulate their lives, that is their business. I feel sorry for the people that don't agree, but it may be time to vote with your feet instead and get out. Let's hope the liberals don't leave too and try and corrupt the more sane areas of America. That is typically what happens. They turn and area into a hell-hole and then leave and work on corrupting a new area, never making the connection between the results and their governing ideology. Residents are fleeing high tax states and I would be many of them are taking their failed ideology with them and not connecting the results of it.

Seattle is proof the cancer of California has metastasized.

Seattle is proof that many people will choose slavery over freedom.

Seattle is also proof that the cancer known as California has metastasized.

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