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

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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 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 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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Never One Roach's picture

I am sure this fat mayor is also in favor of Hillary's "Reparation Tax" on whites to subsudize the diverse tribes people. I guess 40 years of free shit thru AA is not enough?


Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Fuck it. If it gets people to drink something other than aspartame-poisoned swill, then have at it.

Besides, it's just a cash grab like all other "sin" taxes. The only thing this looter has done is come up with another "sin" to tax.

thebigunit's picture

I thought we ended racism eight years ago when we elected Obungle.


Seattle? Put a tax on coffee drinks, you'll raise a fortune 

peddling-fiction's picture

Double tax cappuchinos and the Unicornholio gets triple tax.

There, fixed it.


There is also a new law going in effect in Seattle about tenants and landlords. Landlords will have to rent there apartments to the first tenet that applies for it. It seems things like credit checks and criminal back grounds checks are racist also.

One And Only's picture

Breast feeding is racist. And toilet paper is the ultimate Nazi white supremacist symbol. Both fucking white and more proof were holding the brother down! Tax those titties and that paper to punish white privilege once and for all!

RagnarRedux's picture

"Breast feeding is racist."

Yo, he just be wantin' somes milk and cookies. Shee-it bitch.

Black Male Steals White Woman's Breast Pump Bag

Vilfredo Pareto's picture

A 40 percent drop in sugar water consumption?  Awesome.  We need about a $10 buck tax per pound of sugar.  $20 bucks per gallon of corn syrup.


The po are way too fat and costing us big bucks.  Heck I am too fat.  

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

There are MDs and Biologists (Ray Peat, John McDougall) who have alternative views about sugar, diabetes, and obesity.  Being nutritionist nanny is not .gov's job. 

Doom Porn Star's picture

1. US sugar subsidies should have been eliminated decades ago.  It is still effectively a .gov protected fiefdom.

2. For the damage that sugar does, and the costs to the federal government in treating it: it should damned well be taxed to cover the costs of human remediation and treatment in the health care system -OR- ALL cases of diabetes should be denied any cost shifted coverage of any sort.  Get healthy or fuck off.   

The US government should not be cost shifting the sugar addiction/diabetes epidemic costs onto those citizens who do not constantly abuse the drug to the destruction of their metabolisms.

Karl and I have had our disagreements; but, he is absolutely right when it comes to the fraudulent cost shifting damage to the economy from the .gov sanctioned sugar addiction/diabetes epidemic:

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

Sugar is not a drug, it's a nutrient. 

Harvard guy says sugar does not cause diabetes:

.gov shouldn't subsidize anything.

Doom Porn Star's picture

One of Gruber's friends I presume?

MIT and Harvard are inches apart..

Blankenstein's picture

Pedo privilege (bet he isn't going to tax pizza)

"In April 2017, a lawsuit was filed against Murray by Delvonn Heckard [23] who claimed that Murray "raped and molested him" when he was a teenager in 1986. The lawsuit alleged Murray paid the then-teenager $10 or $20 in exchange for sexual contact. Heckard says he was a high-school dropout and addicted to crack-cocaine.[24] Jeff Simpson and Lloyd Anderson made similar allegations against Murray in 2007. Additionally, in 1984, Simpson accused Murray of sexual assault while he was still a teenager. He spoke with a social worker and detective at the time; however, no charges were filed"

August's picture

Just because he pays teenagers for gay sex is no reason to think that Mr. Murray isn't a top-flite mayor and humanitarian.


This is all part and parcel of decadent Amurika's normalization of perversion ummmm......  transgressive behaviors.

Addendum:  it's even worse than I thought, and it all fits together perfectly: "As a young man he considered joining the priesthood and spent a year at a seminary in 1976 before studying sociology at the University of Portland...."

Uncle Skid's picture

Lets see.  Go out of the city, buy your soda, bring it back.  Take it in the restaurant and ask for a glass of ice.  How much of a stink do you think that would raise? 

Herodotus's picture

This guy is a Communist.

directaction's picture

No. He's a liberal jacktard. 
Communists are sensible, tax nothing.
Communists call fruitcakes like him "useful idiots." 

lamont cranston's picture

Well, he has a job in CA, WTF. 

buzzsaw99's picture

dude's white. lulz

mary mary's picture


Lyman54's picture

You couldn't make this shit up.  Leftoid's are brain dead.

nmewn's picture

I simply must have moar neo-fascist-commie madness!

Is there anyway we can introduce re-education camps to get these vile soda drinkers under control? We simply must have people turning in their neighbors to the Soda Police or just ban it altogether! 

We're talking the Father Lands children being put at risk here! This is a national security issue! ;-)

buzzsaw99's picture

because skinny white people don't pay enough for fat minorities already? ever hear of owebombercare?

EmeraldWI's picture

Fake news to promote Ayn Rand worship and voting against their own best interest. The tax is $.015 per ounce or $.18 on a can of Coke. If you fill your pool with sugar water, you may have to pay up.

Doom Porn Star's picture


Fuck you; quit being an addict.  

Give up the sugar/junk and you won't need to rob other people to pay for insulin.

GatorMcClusky's picture

I don't guess taxes can ever go down?

jaxville's picture

   It is the idea of the tax that is beyond stupid,  the actual numbers ....meh.

nmewn's picture

So you're sittin around thinkin because you don't drink it no one else should.

How very...Soviet of you. Or is it Hitlerian? ;-)

EmeraldWI's picture

Yes, I was sitting around drinking a Miller High Life in Wisconsin (Non-American) -- profits go overseas-- and the tax is probably a bad one. But, The story is more Soviet or Hitlerian than I. Bring back the cane sugar, and see if it has the same effect as corn syrup---I doubt it. The article makes it look like the tax is 51% and that's not true. I'll have another Miller High Life now, my opinion may change.

TeethVillage88s's picture

ZH recon the number of the Beast...

Money Flows from your County, Your State, your City...

They must be monitored, Right? Who is publishing this info? It is not in the CAFR, Comprehensive Accounting Financial Review. So... Where is the Data, Who Collects it to protect the Middle Class, the Financial Health of your County... And where is the Data Published... where is the data made available for press... and why are the press not tracking and publishing the money flows when they exceed a balance like 1:1 or even publish the standard.

What is the standard for money flowing out of your County, your state?

Snout the First's picture

The liberals still think they can improve black performance by throwing money at them? If 50 years and $20 trillion in the failed War on Poverty isn't enough to convince them otherwise, just what would it take?

Salsa Verde's picture

These assholes best hope the lights don't go off for a few weeks.

chosen's picture

Are these imbeciles for real?  How stupid are Seattle residents to elect such a jackass?   Pretty damn stupid.   Washington is going to take over from California as being the most fucked up state in the country.

FlKeysFisherman's picture

I can only imagine the dirt that the Elite have on this scumbag. Pizza parties and all of it.

mary mary's picture

Everybody knows the War Between the States was fought over diet cokes, low-fat yogurt, salt-free potato chips, and Stevia.

Everybody knows the Ku Klux Klan gets all its money from running contraband diet cokes and light beer.

Umh's picture

So has this idiot done any research or just used his prejudices? He may find out that he has just taken aim at very overweight fat black women with attitude problems.

shimmy's picture

If this clown gets re-elected then all the morons who vote for him in that city should be exterminated.

shovelhead's picture

Hey Eddie...

How about a pederast tax?

Pay up, you fucking pervert.

chosen's picture

Seattle mayor steps down today.  Turns out he was a goddamn faggot.  Big surprise (sarc).

TeethVillage88s's picture

Everyone is thinking... WTF?

White Priviledge? Major City Mayor? Washington State? Rights for Illegals, VISAs for Foreigners to replace US Citizen-worker Jobs?

- Lou Dobbs, War on the Middle Class
- David Cay Jonston, Free Lunch, Fine Print

Cluster_Frak's picture

tax libtards each time a thought crosses their mind


GeezerGeek's picture

Libtards don't have thoughts, they only have feelings. Your idea would raise $0.00.


grettygoo's picture

So only white people drink diet soda? Who elects these low IQ-ers??

Twee Surgeon's picture

Fat people drink Diet Soda, mostly fat people using EBT cards who are very often not Caucasoid. Need I say more ?

Gophamet's picture

Someone with a hair on their ass should check the chromosome count on this dipshit!

dogismycopilot's picture

assholes politicians like this and you can't help but think they are from a different fucking planet.

This guy looks like a fucking lizard.

Paging David Icke. Paging David Icke!