The Seattle Soda Tax Went Wrong

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Seattle legislators have once again demonstrated their vulnerability to social contagion. This was with predictable results. As with nearly every other cockamamie plan devised by fellow travelers on the West Coast and Messed Coast, nearly all have gone horribly sour. Each promulgator is afflicted by Leftism.

Ban plastic bags. Replacing the plastic bags with their thicker bags. Gun “control.” Ammo “control.” Nuclear-free zones. Global warming. Global cooling. Climate change. Net-zero. Preschool teachers are the ones who sacrifice their children to Satan. Boys have babies. Let’s tax the weed. Let’s bailout weed shops. Seattle’s CHAZ CHOP was the Summer of Love, with a lot of bodies. Riots tend to be peaceful. Addicts can be given crack pipes and needles. For “harm reduction,” let people walk around Seattle with a few pills of heroin or fentanyl. Police officers are terrible people. Criminals are not terrible people.

They are hot-and-cold running bodies on the streets of Seattle because they pretend to be doing good. Mom asks, “Mommy! Is he dead?” With her hand on her Glock and her eyes on the heaving clump, Mom urges her to keep going. Honey, keep walking. Make sure to have your pepper spray on you. Safety first

Because they think they are smarter and better than you, Seattle swells or socialists will replace your good judgment with their stupid ideas. They are just organized groups of Mrs. Kravitz-like snoops who have a tendency for stupidity. They believe it is their business to manage your life with a woke weathervane, rather than doing their basic tasks and leaving you alone.

Now comes the aftermath of the social contagion that has ravaged the past decade.

Berkeley, Calif., became the first city in the United States of America in 2015. They imposed an additional tax on sugary drinks in 2015 because we were all too fat.

Michael Bloomberg, a billionaire fake “Republican” who was elected New York City Mayor, seized the idea of “saving” his subjects. He ramrodded through the dumb idea while waving his reproving finger.

It wasn’t too long, 2017 was the year that Seattle’s child molester mayor, Ed Murray thought, “How can I get more money for pet projects, change the subject, and screw the taxpayers all the while trying to appear virtuous?” Aha! Eureka! Eureka!

The day has come for those who harp on negative externalities but forget about the unintended consequences.

A study comparing Seattle and Portland found that Seattleites have switched from sugary sodas to beer, in response to the dumb idea. And why? Beer and wine are both taxed but not as much as sugary drinks, which are 28 cents for 16 ounces. Greedy bastards.

Indeed, the we’re-saving-you-from-yourself crowd might be shocked to learn that 16 ounces of sugary soda are about 140 calories versus the roughly 200 calories for an equal amount of beer. Double IPAs are almost twice as calorie-dense if you don’t care.

The study showed that there was an increase in beer sales in Seattle after the implementation of the Seattle SBT [dumb soda tax]. This was reflected in a 5% to 7% increase in respective one-year and two-year periods following the tax.

It seems that beer sales have surpassed wine sales, as well as sugary drinks. These chicks looked at the calorie and price of Hillary’s Chardonnay and decided to give up wine spritzers in favor of beer.

The study concluded that “the result of this study, which showed a substantial sustained increase in beer volume sold following the Seattle SBT implementation,” was a strong indication that SSBs are alternatives to beer.

The study’s authors are from the University of Illinois, so perhaps they know better. They also concluded that Seattle’s greedy leaders should consider these unintended consequences when implementing plans for future SSB taxation. It is crucial to gather more evidence about the potential rises in excessive drinking and associated harms as part of this process.

We think prohibition will be their next great public policy idea.

They could just leave us alone and shut up about social contagion.