Mayor Ed Murray of Seattle has found a new way to kill two birds with one stone. He has determined that white people drink a lot of soda, more than people of color.
So he’s going to tax them, specifically. What a way to get your digs in on the white privilege front, and collect more revenue at the same time. Only a liberal would think of this.
The Blaze has the story:
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has made a controversial change to his proposed soda tax, which originally charged two cents per ounce on sugary drinks but was reduced to 1.75 cents per ounce. After critics accused his plan of being racist, Murray added a diet soda tax to his plan on Thursday, an addition that he says will make the tax equal because white people consume diet soda more than people of color.
Murray, a progressive Democrat, first proposed the soda tax in February, estimating that the additional revenue would amount to $16 million in its first year, which he said the city could then put toward a number of things, namely public education for low-income children. Since revising the plan to include diet drinks, Murray said that revenue would increase to $23 million.
… After researching the topic along with city council member Tim Burgess, Murray said that minorities and low-income families were more likely to consume regular soda, and the increased prices passed on to the consumer would affect them disproportionately. He also reasoned that consumers of diet soda were more likely to be “upper middle class white people,” claiming it was “an issue of equity,” and a way to tackle “white privileged institutionalized racism,” according to Reason.
Don’t you just think the founders would be rolling over in their graves if they could hear the discourse in the country today? They revolted over a tea tax. What would they have done about progressives and soda taxes?