It’s a new year with the promise of new beginnings for most Americans. That is, of course, unless you happen to live in Philadelphia, in which case the new year has brought with it all manners of new disappointments. The Eagles aren’t in the playoffs, Sylvester Stallone still doesn’t have an Oscar for Creed, and your city government has come up with an all new way of milking you for revenue, this time with a tax on “sugary” drinks.
The new tax forces consumers to dole out an extra 1.5 cents-per-ounce for the purchase of every “sugary” beverage. That doesn’t sound too bad unless, you know, you really think about it. For example, if you happen to be buying any of these drinks in bulk, does the tax apply to each ounce of each individual beverage? CNN’s Salena Zito discovered that the answer to that question is “yes,” which means you’ll be paying an extra 50% of the price of these beverages in many cases. Mind you, Zito happened to be buying Propel, a flavored water product that contains zero sugar, so perhaps this tax would have been more appropriately named the “drinks that taste good” tax.
Philadelphia residents needn’t worry though, because like most revenue scams, this one is for the children! Eighty percent of the money generated by the new tax will supposedly go towards early childhood education and other worthwhile ventures. What do sugary drinks have to do with children’s education? This is a question that Philadelphians do not need to think about, because the good folks at city hall have already thought about it for them, and the answer is that all revenue is good revenue!
This isn’t new territory for authoritarian, tax-happy nanny staters like the ones running the city of Philadelphia, and it should come as no surprise to anyone who’s dealt with progressives who are unabated in power. If you happen to live in a major city like Philadelphia where these leftists run amok, you can expect a scam like this one to be coming to a convenience store near you soon enough.