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Democrat rep wants to tax every teaspoon of sugar you drink

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Let’s see, Americans are still losing their full-time equivalent jobs and working more part time positions. As well, more seniors are working and 25-35-year-olds are being forced out of the labor market. We have an illegal immigration invasion on our southern border and a president who wants to unlawfully take unilateral action — to resolve a crisis he began.

Our economy is barely sustaining itself and last week we had a huge stock market drop. Islamic State just captured two more cities in northern Iraq and has turned its sights towards the Kurds. Israel has discovered some 40 infiltration tunnels from Gaza. Ukraine just had a battalion-sized element run out of ammunition while engaged in combat operations against Russian-backed separatists.

Now, we always hear about the “do nothing” Congress — well, here’s what a Democrat member of the House of Representatives thinks is a critical issue needing immediate attention: sugary drinks.

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As reported by CNS News, “Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) introduced this week the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Tax (SWEET Act), which aims to institute a tax of one cent per teaspoon – 4.2 grams – of sugar, high fructose corn syrup or caloric sweetener. The measure (HB 5279), introduced last Wednesday says, “A 20-ounce bottle of soda contains about 16 teaspoons of sugars. Yet, the American Heart Association recommends that Americans consume no more than six to nine teaspoons of sugar per day.”

So this liberal progressive legislator thinks the best way to improve your health is to tax you more. It once again demonstrates that progressive socialists believe behavior modification by way of taxation is the remedy to coerce the population into submission. After all, they do know what’s best for you!

Of course, even though sweet drink manufacturers are targeted to pay the tax, even the text of the bill notes that tax will be passed on to consumers in the form of a price increase. Yep, it’s called passing the cost to the consumer.

“This Act is intended to discourage excessive consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages by increasing the price of these products and by creating a dedicated revenue source for programs and research designed to reduce the human and economic costs of diabetes, obesity, dental caries, and other diet-related health conditions in priority populations,”

the measure says.

During a video presentation for The National Soda Summit in June DeLauro said, “It is long past time that we pass and support policies that work to our better health instead. With that in mind I’m working on legislation right now to tax sugar-sweetened drinks, like sodas, in a way that reflects the serious damage they are doing to our health.”

Who are these people? Who votes for them? And don’t think that just because this measure won’t go anywhere in the legislative process — thanks to the Lord that Democrats are in the minority in the House of Representatives – there is of course regulatory bureaucratic fiat (like the EPA uses) to push it through by other means. I wouldn’t be surprised if the FDA took this up and secretly comes out with some nondescript rule and “fine.”

I’m personally not a big soda drinker — on occasion I enjoy a glass of ginger ale — but I do love my Hi-C fruit punch or orange drink with a fresh hot Five Guys burger. The last thing I need is some liberal progressive trying to modify my behavior with taxation all under the guise of looking out for my health. I can do that quite well on my own — and do.

I say we all send Rep. DeLauro a can of soda and tell her to “have a Coke and a smile!”

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