Democrats Are Still Trying To Tax Your Soda
This is something that comes up once or twice a year because Democrats never get tired of the idea. They always try to cloak their intentions in health concerns but the truth is that they can’t stand not getting a cut of the money Americans spend on soft drinks.
Via the Washington Free Beacon…
Democrat Seeking National Soda Tax
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D., Conn.) is seeking a national soda tax, an effort backed by leaders of the movement to ban smoking indoors and others who call carbonated beverages “toxic.”
DeLauro introduced the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Tax Act, also known as the “SWEET Act,” on Wednesday, which would impose a 1 cent excise tax per teaspoon of caloric sweetener in soda, energy drinks, sports drinks, and sweet teas.
“This act is intended to discourage excessive consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages by increasing the price of these products,” according to the text of the legislation.
“People want to be healthy and they want their kids to be healthy,” DeLauro said in a statement. “But we are in the midst of dual epidemics, with obesity and diabetes afflicting our nation and the related, astronomical health care costs.”
TRANSLATION: The only way you and your children can be healthy is if the government collects a fine for every soda you buy.