Oh, the humanity
Yup. The government is here to help.
As outlined by Hotair on Saturday, the “soda tax” has actually led to Philadelphia residents traveling outside the city to buy their soda (and likely other goods), decreased the city’s revenue, and led to layoffs in the local beverage industry and cut hours for employees at small markets. It did not, however, lead to an increase in healthier beverage purchases in the city.
A CNN report on a study from medical journal JAMA focused in on the 51% drop in city soda purchases, but admitted: “While researchers found that sales of sugary beverages fell in Philadelphia after the tax, beverage sales in nearby towns and counties without the tax went up. That suggests people may have been traveling to get their soda at a reduced price.”
“People stopped buying their soda in the city (and almost undoubtedly a lot of other shopping list items) and decided to shop where prices were lower,” Hotair noted.
CNN did not discuss the revenue hit Philadelphia took, but Hotair did: “The tax on soda increased by 17%, but the sales fell by 51%. So, let’s look at this assuming one million ounces of soda was sold annually before the tax went into effect. If sales had remained the same, the city would have realized $62,400.00 in revenue instead of $54,300.00. But with the volume cut in half, they managed to slash their revenue to $31,200.00.”
Do not drink that Coke or Dr. Pepper, it's bad. Also, don't drink your tap water because we cannot validate it's safety anymore (see Flint). And most certainly don't drive 15 miles to buy stuff not taxed like this and increasing your carbon footprint, you bastard. Where's your sense of social responsibility?
Welcome to America. The land of freedom and liberty. Except when you want to drink what you want and eat what you want and shit in the woods just because you can...Kombucha for everyone barkeep!
This is getting tiresome, don't you think?
Oh the Humanity