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The Progressive Machine Takes a
Big Hit in Cook Country, Illinois

American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson

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Posted By:magnante, 10/12/2017 7:46:11 AM

Yesterday, something extraordinary happened: a progressive racket just got busted in a place notorious for one party, corrupt, and highly-taxed Democrat governance. As you may have heard, the Board of Cook County, Illinois repealed its penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages, by a vote of 15 to 2, after passing it last July. This isn’t just about people who guzzle Coke and Pepsi, it is about the progressive racket that follows a battle plan aimed at the state controlling more and more aspects of citizens’ lives, while it consumes more and more of their income. Here, in essence, is the recipe that

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Clinger, 10/12/2017 8:41:18 AM     (No. 11414368)

They had already spent, well at least budgeted the use of the money so now they are moaning about how they will have to cut essential services.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Scrubber, 10/12/2017 9:01:14 AM     (No. 11414392)

Near me, Philadelphia has enacted such a tax. A $.99 2 liter soda bottle costs $2.02. Think about that.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: TCloud, 10/12/2017 9:20:58 AM     (No. 11414420)

CPUSA cadre member, with the short white hair, black and smart glasses...2018 indeed!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Rivetjoint, 10/12/2017 9:32:18 AM     (No. 11414435)

Number 2, I saw a report a while back about some chains with stores in both Philly and the ´burbs were limiting bulk soda purchasing at the suburban stores lest their Philly stores face possible (undefined) retaliation. Of course, the soda tax was sold as a way to fund pre-K yet it turns out that 20% is going to other city programs such as city employee benefits (surprise surprise).

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Reply 5 - Posted by: wilarrbie, 10/12/2017 9:52:05 AM     (No. 11414469)

Reading the article and some of the links within - it says they pick sugary soda to tax (penny an ounce - that´s pretty hefty!)because drinking sugary soda is bad for one´s health. The real reason is they need the money and soda looks like an easy victim. But let´s say they just want to make us healthier. First of all - it´s none of the gov´t business if we want to do things bad for our health. If it were - you´d see them going after unprotected gay sex and the like but no. In Cal they just decriminalized HIV/aides persons knowingly having unprotected sex with others and not telling them. And, as for the soda - to the extent gov´t can have an impact on our beverage choices: simply remove soda from what an EBT card can purchase. (They won´t miss the tax money - EBT card purchases are sales tax exempt. They only get soda-tax money from people who work for their grocery money.) But they won´t do that - they still allow tattoos, casinos, black market trading, etc., with only minor consequences.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Lana720, 10/12/2017 10:43:20 AM     (No. 11414516)

Shouldn´t it be spelled corrrectly? Crook County.

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