Berkeley imposes soda tax

Berkeley imposes soda tax

Freak_Brother_No_1Berkeley has done all Californians a favor by voting for a demonstration of how taxes drive away business. Its citizens just passed Measure D, a soda tax amounting to 12 cents on a can of Coke or other sugary beverage. The vote was overwhelming, 75 percent to 25 percent.

For Sixties survivors like me, it’s always amusing when Berkeley does something like this. The city has been open to medical-marijuana dispensaries. But pot famously gives people the munchies. Then Berkeley taxes what they want to munch! (Or swallow, in the case of soda.) What would the late Jerry Garcia say?

In the 1960s, Berkeley was the center of the “free speech” and hippy movements. Motto: Turn on, tune in, drop out.

But yesterday’s hippies are today’s politically correct commissars, in Berkeley and almost every other campus in the United States, as well is in many state legislatures, including California’s. Motto: Tax it, regulate it, ban it.

But Berkeley is a medium-sized city of 112,580. It will be easy for its inmates to buy the contraband sugar-water in neighboring San Francisco, Oakland, Emeryville, Piedmont or El Cerrito.

Of course, then the unhappy hippies will try to go for a regional or state soda taxes.

Yet San Francisco’s Proposition E soda tax — a much higher 24 cents on a can — lost. Albeit the threshold of passage there was higher, two-thirds, and it got 55 percent.

But a statewide tax likely would fail, as would a tax in most areas, including giant Los Angeles. Maybe Santa Cruz or other Pyongyang-influenced university towns might ape Berkeley and pass a tax.

Soon we should see stories of merchants in Berkeley decrying lost soda sales, which also would lead to lost sales in other areas because of fewer customers going into their stores.

Taxes do have consequences.



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  1. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 7 November, 2014, 10:24

    Hardcore liberals are such idiots. They never consider the unintended consequences when they promote a new social crusade. Like diving headfirst into a pool with only 2 feet of water. And after the damage is done they all stand around and ask themselves “What happened?”
    I actually read the text of the law. Did you know that there is a ‘small business exemption’? If a small store owner self-transports the sugar-sweetened drinks (to include soda pop) from an outside source into his store then he can sell these outlawed drinks to his customers! HAH! Of course, most of these small shops are owned by people of color. It’s quite alright if they poison the children. And, of course, they will collect a HUGE windfall since the big store are banned from selling it! HAH! This is obviously a selective attack on big business. It’s got nothing to do with keeping the children safe. It would be like outlawing only a certain group of people (based upon economic status or skin color) from selling heroin within the city limits!!! HAH! Typical liberals!!! These are so connivingly stupid!!! 😀

    Naturally, little Bobby and Jane can still load up on as many snickers bars as their pennies can afford!!! HAH! I walked into a popular discount store that sells grocery items as well as trinkets yesterday. There was a FULL AISLE about 20 yards long FULL of SUGAR-LACED CANDY BARS ON BOTH SIDES!!! HAH! And the ethic community was just loading up on it!!!! If you read the text of the Berkeley ordinance you would see that they were MOST CONCERNED about the people of color and their rates of diabetes, etc… nothing was mentioned about white people. But Berkeley said NOTHING about the sugar-laced candy bars (one bar has as much sugar as 2 glasses of soda and is WORSE for teeth since the gummy substance sticks between the teeth where the cavities grow!!!) But the liberals are dead silent about CANDY BARS and won’t ban those for sure!!! That would cut too heavily into their sales tax revenues!!! HAH!
    Phonies, phonies, phonies. I can’t stand hypocrites and phonies!!! 🙁

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  2. bob
    bob 7 November, 2014, 13:25

    How dare you, John Seiler. Don’t you know it’s for the trough feeders…er I mean for the children!

    I heard Alameda County voters approved yet another sales tax increase. So what’s the sales tax in Berkeley now? 10%? These voters are going to vote to tax themselves out of existence.

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  3. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 7 November, 2014, 13:37

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^Correction above^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    The sugary drinks are not banned. Only a hefty tax has been imposed under Measure D. Still, the hefty tax only applies to the big grocery stores. Not to the small ones or to the privately owned convenience stores. The small stores are permitted to undercut the big stores in their sugary drink prices and sell the stuff in bulk to the obese children at a discounted rate. heh.
    But, of course, no excise tax on candy or donuts or churros! The little obese children are allowed to get fatter and fatter on those at no monetary penalty!!! Thank God for Liberals. For they will save the world!!! 😀

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  4. Queeg
    Queeg 7 November, 2014, 17:39

    Why fret over another tax here or there. They are use taxes that generally are reimbursements from the lower classes for all their government safety net benefits. You should be gleeful.

    Doomers are really daff….can’t you see globalists, big box stores, government created use taxes are cleaning out service workers and lower income residents?

    By the way heat some chocolate and add some Kaluha….drizzle over a hot foot long churro. Great dessert after your iced Horcha and grande Chalupa at Pepe’s.

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    • LetitCollapse
      LetitCollapse 7 November, 2014, 20:15

      “Doomers are really daff….can’t you see globalists, big box stores, government created use taxes are cleaning out service workers and lower income residents?”

      75% of them probably work in the underground economy and don’t pay a dime in income taxes. Jerry Clown approved CADL’s for illegals so that they could have a convenient way to get to work every morning. I heard him say it with my own ears when he debated CashnCarry. Clown is promoting the underground economy and he’s the governor of our State! So why the frack should I give a crap about obeying the laws any more?

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  5. Desmond
    Desmond 8 November, 2014, 06:56

    Great business opportunity is gun barrel inserts in all sorts of nice colors. Doesn’t that make a rifle or shotgun a toy? Hey, gang colored inserts made in China. I bet the thought makes Deleon shrivel up to an eraser sized Oscar Mayer….or he does think that makes a Ruger 30 30 a toy.

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  6. T Mind of Ted Your God
    T Mind of Ted Your God 8 November, 2014, 14:10

    We need our freedom and gunz and sugary drinks!


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  7. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 9 November, 2014, 17:28

    Lots of plump kids getting out of school daily.

    Doomers think xtra love handles exude short burst energy to hyper charge productivity in those career service businesses.

    What flawed thinking!

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  8. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 25 February, 2016, 22:22

    Stupid liberals and especialy stupid liberal demacrats want taxes on everything from handgun ammo to 7-up The Stupid Jackass party never fails at being stupid

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