Philadelphia: Drop that Soda before someone gets HURT!

Hey Philadelphia!  Sit down and relax for a moment.  All that protesting makes one thirsty.  Open your favorite soda or sports drink, and wallet.

Two months ago, residents of liberal, democrat-run Philadelphia were ignored via implementation of the immense tax on “sugary drinks”.  The rationale to ignore constituents?  The government knows better.  You, dear Philadelphia residents, are fat.  You do not know how to choose a healthy beverage.  Plus, your pre-K kids need universal, government run education, because, well, Dad the city said so.  PSSA test scores from Philadelphia schools have declined because the tests are now “harder”.   In order to provide to you, dear children residents of Philadelphia, the proper education needed to succeed in life, more money is required. 

Confused?  A tax has been implemented on “sugary drinks” to encourage better choices and combat Fat Philadelphia, yet this tax is meant to bring in huge money for your kids to receive better education.  Hmmmm, let’s stop people from drinking “sugary drinks” in the city of Philadelphia, and somehow pump money into the city’s pre-K from the “sugary drinks” tax.  Dizzying.

Interesting for the tax to be on “sugary drinks” only, since if one is fat, I would render a guess there is more than a Coca-Cola’s worth of calories on the table at dinnertime, especially if there is an also-taxed Diet Coca-Cola accompanying that cheesesteak (with, please).  The “sugary drink” tax includes Gatorade, since those of you that do exert energy – profusely sweating with arms pumping as you heroically run those Art Museum steps after an inspiring photo with the Rocky statue – must be punished for downing that Grape Gatorade.  May I suggest a Yards Pale Ale, or the Love Stout (yummy!)?  Those are not part of this particular tax.

When you tax one industry to support another industry, you are going to fail.  Communities that house both industries will suffer economic declines.  Government is not meant to fund education, parks, recreation centers, etc. Nor implement ordinances that directly cause economic chaos and loss of liberty. 

Consequences of this malicious attempt at control:

  • Grocery store consumers were hit with huge price increases, and are now driving outside the city limits to purchase their “sugary drinks”, subsequently purchasing most or all of their other typical groceries outside the city as well
  • Due to the 30-50% decrease in purchases within city limits, tax receipts are lower than estimated by officials ($2.3 million vs $7.6 million)
  • One of the city’s largest beverage distributors is planning to eliminate 20% of its workforce
  • An owner of six ShopRite stores in Philadelphia plans to lay-off 300 workers this spring

“In 30 years of business, there’s never been a circumstance in which we’ve ever had a sales decline of any significant amount,” Jeff Brown, chief executive officer of Brown’s Super Stores, told Bloomberg. “I would describe the impact as nothing less than devastating.”

The response from Dad Mayor Jim Kenney is lock-step liberalism:

“I didn’t think it was possible for the soda industry to be any greedier,” Kenney said in an emailed statement to reporter Julia Terruso. “They are so committed to stopping this tax from spreading to other cities, that they are not only passing the tax they should be paying onto their customer, they are actually willing to threaten working men and women’s jobs rather than marginally reduce their seven figure bonuses.”

Wow.  The city of Philadelphia is not backing down, even though the tax has resulted in cost to the city and not revenue.  Astonishingly, a city spokesman indicated the job losses are most likely not permanent, due to scare tactic collaboration between the soda manufacturers and local grocery stores. 

“We have no way of knowing if their sales figures and predicted job losses are anything more than fear-mongering to prevent this from happening in other cities,” said city spokesman Mike Dunn.

Coming to a city near you……..

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