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Democrats Have Found A Way To Directly Tax “White Privilege” And They Are About To Implement It In Seattle

Tyler Durden
May 10th, 2017
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The following report was originally published by Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge.com


Seattle Mayor Wants To Tax Diet Soda To Fight “White Privileged Institutionalized Racism”

Back in February, Seattle’s Mayor Ed Murray called for a 2 cent per ounce tax on sugary soft drinks in order to “improve Seattle’s educational opportunities for students of color.”  Per Lynx Media, the tax was expected to raise some $16 million per year.

Of course, when someone on his staff pointed out that a tax on sugary drinks would disproportionately impact the minorities that he was apparently trying to help, Murray knew that something drastic had to happen.  So that’s when he decided to launch a new attack against the most recognizable symbol of “white privileged institutionalized racism” on the planet:  DIET SODA!

Per the Seattle Times:

The changes were recommendations that emerged when staff from the mayor’s office and the office of Councilmember Tim Burgess studied disparate impacts the tax could have on people with low incomes and on people of color, according to Murray.

That work involved conversations with community advocates, public-health professionals and business owners, according to the mayor. After Murray’s initial announcement, some suggested the exclusion of beverages with artificial sweeteners would be unfair because affluent white people tend to consume more diet drinks.

And while we suspect that many of our readers who frequently enjoy diet sodas didn’t realize they were racist, trust Ed Murray when he says that you most certainly are…and he’s going to tax you for it.

And now that Democrats have found a way to directly tax “white privilege,” we suspect we’re going to see a whole lot more diet soda taxes. 

Of course, Murray’s staffers may also want to remind him of how well Philadelphia’s soda tax has worked out for their mayor.  When Philadelphia became the first US city to pass a soda tax last summer, city officials were eagerly looking forward to the surplus-tax funded windfall to plug gaping budget deficits (and, since this is Philadelphia, the occasional embezzlement scheme). Then, shortly after the tax went into effect on January 1st we showed the tax applied in practice: a receipt for a 10 pack of flavored water carried a 51% beverage tax. And since  PA has a sales tax of 6% and Philly already charges another 2%, the total sales tax was 8%. In other words, a purchase which until last year came to $6.47 had overnight become $9.75.


What happened next? Precisely what most expected would happen: full blown sticker shock, and a collapse in purchases. According to Philly.com reports, just a couple of months into the city’s sweetened-beverage tax, supermarkets and distributors were reporting a 30% to 50% drop in beverage sales and – adding insult to injury – are now planning for layoffs.

Then, a month ago, PepsiCo slashed jobs, blaming the soda tax…

With sales slumping because of the new Philadelphia sweetened beverage tax, Pepsi said that it will lay off 80 to 100 workers at three distribution plants that serve the city.

The company, which employs 423 people in the city, sent out notices and said the layoffs would be spread over the next few months. The layoffs come in response to the  beverage tax, which has cut sales by 40 percent in the city, PepsiCo Inc. spokesman Dave DeCecco said.

“Unfortunately, after careful consideration of the economic realities created by the recently enacted beverage tax, we have been forced to give notice that we intend to eliminate 80 to 100 positions, including frontline and supervisory roles,” DeCecco said.

Outside of the North Philadelphia plant Wednesday, Ed Langdon, a 40-year employee  who shuttles products between warehouses, said the cuts are the most drastic he’s seen in his time at Pepsi. Langdon said the writing was on the wall: Some colleagues who are paid on commission were seeing drastic cuts in weekly pay. “The trucks are going out and they’re coming back with the soda on it,” he said. “No one’s buying it. It’s just not happening.”

And just a week ago, as Phily.com reported, Coke did the same…

Philadelphia’s new sweetened-beverage tax has led to the loss of 40 Coca-Cola jobs and a 32 percent drop in sales, the company said Friday.

Fran McGorry, president and general manager of Philly Coke, the local Coca-Cola bottler, said in a news release that the job losses are due to commission-based employees leaving the company, not layoffs.

“We are not able to replace those positions right now,” he said. “In total, we have fewer people working in the city while more people are now working outside Philadelphia due to increased demand there. We have also made the decision not to hire seasonal employees for the summer months due to the negative impact the tax is having on our business.”

Of course, if nothing else, Murray’s stupidity at least serves to debunk the notion that ‘soda taxes’ arise from some compassionate attempt on the part of Democrats to eradicate obesity.  And, at a minimum, we can only hope that this embarrassing mishap just might prove to at least a few liberals that these taxes, like Obamacare, are nothing more than just a another money grab from an oppressive government, wrapped in clever packaging to dupe the American public.

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Author: Tyler Durden
Date: May 10th, 2017
Website: http://www.zerohedge.com/

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  1. HMULLER says:

    New Hampshire should change their state motto to “Pepsi Free or Die”.

  2. Gandhi says:

    Enjoy, tax slaves

    • YellowPokaDotBikini says:

      I think All Whites deserve Massive Reparations from Blacks BIGTIME and from the Demo-RAT Commie Socialists. Whites pay all the taxes to support the Blacks FREESHIT ARMY of BENEFITS. Blacks who only make up 17% of the US Population commit 75% of the Crimes and Murders in America, and fill the prisons up for more free room and board. Time for ALL the Blacks to either pay up or just get the F*ck out of America. Pick one: A or B? You are a bunch of scum sucking worthless eaters breeding parasites, destroying our great Country Big Time.

    • Rouge1 says:

      They should tax the co2 that they inject into their products to counter ruining the planet.

  3. Nailbanger says:

    Democrats are such a buncha stupid assholes

  4. Jonny V says:

    Well I live outside Seattle and this tax scheme is on the back burner for now. Seems that Ed Murray (Mayor Turd-burglar); just had to drop out of the election yesterday due to his having porked a bunch of young boys back in the 80’s and 90’s…

    Couldn’t happen to a more deserving idiot.

  5. Neal Jensen says:

    If you tolerate corruption, stupidity, progressivism, mental illness, and so on ad nauseum …..ETC, IT WILL THRIVE AND SPREAD…

  6. anonymous says:

    As Murray has publically admitted to intentionally targeting Whites he is guilty of ‘crimes against humanity’ under Article 7 of the Rome Statute. The lawful use of force to apprehend or kill such criminals is justified under international law.

  7. Oldguynorth says:

    Seattle’s Murray is about to be gone. There are now 4 complaints about homo relations with minors from years ago, he has withdrawn from running in the next election. He is one of the “enlighten” one’s who made Seattle a magnet for homelessness, heroin use is exploding, & you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a panhandler. I loved Seattle in the 60’s, 70’s & early 80’s, I will never set foot in that cesspool again.

  8. TEST says:

    I agree with this tax 100% In fact, I agree so much that let’s start implementing this in HOLLYWIERD. Let’s put a 99.9% tax on socialists like George Clooney, Sean Penn, and Learjet leftist Tom Hanks who “purchased a 14,500-square-foot mega mansion in Pacific Palisades for $26 million. It is the largest transaction for a single-family home in Los Angeles County in
    2010.” Or google “George Clooney mansions,” then click images, and check out his multiple luxurious digs. IMHO, they can all get by with a 900 sq ft single bedroom apt.

    So, bring it on! Start with these white guys!

  9. We need to heavily tax sunscreen & tanning products. Since whites are the majority of the market (for obvious reasons), this would be the perfect tax on white privilege. I’m going to recommend this to all the governors and mayors around the country. The enormous revenues generated (especially in the summer months) could likely subsidize a college education for every minority. Just imagine how this country would prosper with all the gang-banging spear-chuckers holding degrees in ethnic studies, liberal-arts, African-American studies, basket-weaving, & hip-hop. And since they’ll all have good high-paying jobs, the crime rates will go down too.!!!!!!! LOL LOL

  10. Anonymous says:

    So racism prevails in Seattle.

    Not surprising, not surprising at all.

  11. Jim in Va. says:

    If its moving the dems want to tax it! they tax themselves into going broke. Pick a major city…point made!

  12. Braveheart1776 says:

    Nailbanger and EOTS, agreed. I don’t recognize the libturd concept of ‘white privelege’, ‘white guilt’, ‘white supremacy’, or any of that BS. I DON’T OWE ANYTHING TO ANY MINORITY PEOPLE. THEY HAVE THE SAME OPPORTUNITIES AS ANYONE ELSE HERE AND SHOULD DO FOR THEMSELVES. NO ONE IS ENTITLED TO ANYTHING FROM ANYONE. The libturds can take that tax and shove it. I don’t drink sodas anyway. Water, tea, coffee for me for the most part. Some fruit juices on occasion, but I refuse to have any stinkin sodas and refuse to pay any tax for something totally bogus. THAT IS A RACE-BASED TAX, AN ANTIWHITE TAX. CITY OF SEATTLE, UP YOURS!

    • Masterblaster says:

      The only “White Privilege” I ever had, was a mother and father who worked hard, stayed together and took care of their children…..

      How many “disadvantaged” black can say the same…

  13. gustavo giggle says:

    I wonder how a tax on fried foods(chicken) would be recieved. Citing the disproportionate amount of black americans that make up the prison population? Sounds racist right? How is the diet soda tax any different?

  14. Lisa Marie says:

    Ironically – It MAY save lives. That stuff is toxic.

  15. Kevin2 says:

    “Is it Franks?” “Thanks”.

    Philly people will understand. It goes with a soft pretzel seasoned by gasoline and engine exhaust served from a medium strip on Passyunk Avenue.

  16. Faux liberté says:

    DIEt soda. Aspartame: Affects eye site, weight gain, mood disorders, inflammation and joint pain, stomach cramps, increases risk of seizures, hearing problems, and is linked to cancer (per non gov studies). All kinds of fun stuff.

    This tax will hopefully decrease consumption and therefore, less “white people” will have issues and live healthier lives.

    There. I turned it around into a positive for you.

  17. Freeman says:

    The people of Seattle might be racist but the rest of the country isn’t. They forgot about the FORTY YEAR racist practice of AFFIRMATIVE ACTION.

    • Freeman:

      Right you are. Only a pathetically preconditioned white guilted person would put up with the “legalized” discrimination known as “affirmative action”. White people wake up. You have been lied to about so much. Have some fricken white pride. Affirmative action is intended to make you the lowest race because when the other races compete on their so called “equal” playing field, they lose. Affirmative action is nothing but racial suicide, just as adultery (race mixing) is suicide on a genetic level; affirmative action is racial suicide on a legal plane.


  18. BadAmerican says:

    Long Cascadian Faultline

    or… ht tps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCbfMkh940Q

    …Seattle…never go full retard…BA.

  19. What have Black people to gripe about. They got a FREE trip out of a shithole where they were already slaves and living in mud and straw, relying on wild food, and fighting their neighboring enemy blacks.

    The FREE trip was followed by free food, free cabin, free clothing, free soap…. The problem with Blacks is that they still don’t get it. Your ancestors won the fricken African lottery when they got bought and brought from Africa to the land of milk and honey, America the Great.


  20. Brian says:

    The “swear jar” concept can be adapted. Instead of everyone putting money in jar when they say four letter words, we establish a new tax on liberal idiots like Murray. When they say something incredibly stupid, two of us will grab them and shake them vigorously up-and-down. Anything that falls out of their pockets is taken as taxes. Budget deficits will be a thing of the past and we can start decreasing the national debt.

  21. Anonymous says:

    …The new “Tea Tax”…. First, the Boston Tea Party. Now, the Philadelphia and Seattle Soda Party?

  22. oops says:

    Another Libtard City keep’n folk on the plantation for their safety.

    Don’t drink the chemical concoctions and never will visit the Left Coast again.
    Besides the are being Fukushima’d, 24/7.

    Funny thing about the Libs they did not do their homework. Recent sales report indicate soda purchases are falling steadily and by large margins. Coke is working hard to come up with a solution! Ha Ha Ha ha…

    I believe this same city voted for the 15.00 min wage for rest. workers??? Many closed as a result!!!!

    • DeplorableBitterClinger says:

      They always phase in minimum wage increases. Their opposition should loudly demand that these large increases be implemented immediately (out of compassion for the oppressed workers), so cause and effect are clearly evident.

  23. aljamo says:

    Soda is all poison anyway diet or regular. Drinking sodas every day is a recipe for diabetes and other abnormal body effects. HFCS not good for the human body. Caramel coloring cancerous. Was it Pepsi using aborted fetal cells in their drink? Like cereals cheerios has the highest glyphosate content among many others on the shelf. These gmo devils are in cahoots with the federal government to sicken and wipe out humanity while further enriching big pharma. The corporations care nothing about the people also, of course except ripping you off on your way to an early death.

  24. This is a great idea, also property tax rate for white areas should be higher than minority areas

  25. cdwarior says:

    A mind cannot retain any form of coherence when practicing leftist dichotomy 24/7.
    Jeffrey Dahmer must live, babies must die.
    Executions are bad, euthanasia is good.
    Welfare food is good, church food is bad.
    Most terrorists aren’t Muslim, they’re white country club members.
    Govt. telling you what to do is good, Pastor telling you what to do is bad.
    Must make cakes for LGBT, must not make cakes for policemen.
    They have through their own inability to admit total and absolute intellectual failure, become bat shit crazy. There is no statement, policy, or law to ridiculous to enact.

  26. conrad says:

    This is the White Privilege nobody is talking about – that a white Mayor preyed on juvenile blacks for his own sexual gratification.
    He might think it’s cute for people to suck on these plastic bottles for sugar water then send the tax to blacks to assuage his guilt but the whole thing is repulsive, Murphy must be recalled and sent into therapy before he queers the whole City.