Dems Giving Liberal Buddies Starbucks A BIG Tax Exemption
Seattle is one of those places that must be absolutely maddening for a conservative to live in based on the fact that you likely cannot throw a rock without hitting someone that is claiming that they are being triggered by something. Then that same person that you hit would say that they were triggered by the rock you threw because it reminded them of Plymouth Rock.
Seattle’s leftists lawmakers approved an ordinance last year that imposed a tax on all sweetened beverages, save of course for the lattes consumed by the city’s highfalutin, upper-class elites.
The new tax, which went into effect Jan. 1, specifically added a tax on “sweetened beverages, syrups and concentrates” except for those “that list milk as their first ingredient,” according to The Seattle Times.
This means the fancy lattes enjoyed by Seattle’s Starbucks-sipping liberals get a pass, despite the fact that some of these lattes contain up to 68 grams of sugar.
“Where and when is a sweetened beverage not a taxable sweetened beverage? In Seattle, when the drink is a Caramel Macchiato from Starbucks — 42 grams of sugar in a Venti, the largest size. Or a Caramel Brulée Latte with whipped cream — 68 grams of sugar in a Venti,” the Times explained.
Oh, the irony.
According to a Gallup poll from 2017, “(y)oung adults, nonwhites, and the low-income in the U.S. drink more regular soda than other Americans.”
Conversely, Starbucks’ target demographics include “urban and affluent, often on-the-go white-collar professionals” who are “educated, with an average age of 42, and average income of $90,000,” as noted by The Motley Fool.
See what’s happening here?
Seattle’s leftist legislators — who, like all liberals, pride themselves on being so “progressive” — are targeting minorities and the poor, while simultaneously cutting their well-off supporters a break.
It’s frankly shameful, and the results have been disastrous.
Reason magazine reported this week that this shortsighted, hypocritical bill has engendered massive, across-the-board price increases since taking effect Jan. 1:
“The cost of a typical can of coke is now 20 cents higher. That adds up fast: A typical 36-can case of soft drink is now $7.56 more expensive, nearly doubling the price at many retail outlets.”