Philadelphia just got robbed by Mayor Jim Kenney. This democrat mayor just robbed Philly so hard and the residents are livid as they get taxed anywhere from 50% to even 100% to purchase a drink with sugar.
Philadelphia is the first major city to rob its residents of their hard earned money when they’re thirsty. The only other city in America, to have a tax this bass ackwards, is Berkeley, California. Berkeley is about ten times smaller than Philadelphia, with a tiny population of maybe 120,000 tops. Philadelphia’s population generally hovers around 1.5 million.
The Philadelphia soda tax adds 1.5 cents-per-ounce to sugary drinks. PER OUNCE. Not per purchase. This adds up to an amount that would make you stomp your feet to another town just to chug a YooHoo without paying double for it.
While you may think 1.5 cents isn’t much, you have to realize that this is per ounce and not per purchase. If it was a few cents for each item, or for each purchase all together, then it wouldn’t be a problem. No one would really care if it was just a few cents total.
However, when you purchase a six pack of your favorite sugary beverage, then tally up the taxes - you sometimes pay almost as much in taxes as you do for the item. The Philly soda tax can almost equate to a 50%-100% taxation, which for lack of better words, is an absolute rape of everyone’s wallet. It's like the sugary beverage kidnaps your money, and when you buy something next - you're broke! But at least you got that KoolAid when you needed it.
If they want to tax me 1-5 cents for each purchase in total, then sure. Go ahead. That’s respectable. But if I waltz into a store ready to drink some diabetic inducing beverage, and I have to pay twice as much for it, then I’m heading over the Philadelphia border to a store in Bensalem, Jersey, or Delaware. I’m not paying double for a drink that most likely sucks in the first place.
Here’s a perfect example of the robbery done by the democratic soda tax. Someone purchased a Propel Water beverage pack for $5.99. That’s a fair price for a 6 or 8 pack.
Then comes the ridiculous Philadelphia soda tax which adds $3.04 to the purchase.
They just paid $9.75 for a few drinks that might cost about $6.50 on a normal day, or in a normal town.
But wait, there's more.
6ABC reports - “ShopRite says in the interest of transparency it wants customers to understand why prices are significantly up, and is taking a different approach. The primary shelf tags show the untaxed price. But below them in yellow is the full tax that will be added at the register and printed as a separate line item.
Chuck Andrews picked up a $1.77 gallon jug of tea, got home and looked at his receipt.
"When I read the receipt I'm like, 'Wait a minute. I paid more in tax than I did for the product,'" Andrews said.
The tax on the $1.77 gallon of tea was $1.92 cents.”
Are. You. Kidding. Me?
This is madness. The Philly soda tax needs to get kicked into a bottomless pit like Leonidas kicked the messenger in the movie 300.
Jim Kenney might retort by stating that this will reduce the level of poverty in our city.
Well that’s a great way to not have any logic. How can people save money when you charge almost 50% more for some items? Sure, people can save 100% of their money if they don’t buy any drinks, but we know that’s not a reality.
That would also drop the revenue of our small business shops, something that Philadelphia doesn’t need right now. Can you imagine if every corner store closed? We have too many busted buildings as it is. We don’t need any more. Some parts of Philadelphia already look like Aleppo, so let’s stop right there with the knocking us out of poverty nonsense. We know that’s not happening.
Jim Kenney might also say that this could curb obesity in Philadelphia while paying for education and parks or libraries or whatever else he changes it to when he’s swimming in our soda tax money.
You’re talking about a town filled with people who love to eat and our feature foods are nothing but fat and carbs. HELLOOOOOOOO MAYOR - this is your brain calling, we have to install logic in your thinking ability because it seems as though you were born with neither logic nor common sense. Does he even know who the residents in Philly are?
Does. He. Know. Us. At. All? (clap between words)
Our five food groups are the cheesesteak, bagels with cream cheese, hoagies, pretzels, and pizza. We sure eat and drink a to, like in Jetro’s parking lot during the Eagles games, but I don’t think a soda tax will turn us into Baywatch models. As much as I would love that, it's just not a reality. We look more like Delaware River models, but that’s OK because we enjoy our food and drinks, but we would like to have those drinks without being stabbed in the wallet every time we buy one.
How will this affect the people in low income neighborhoods? Philly has tons of low income areas, so what about them? Did the mayor not consider anyone who lives in a poverty stricken area? What about neighborhoods who don’t have a supermarket? How will this affect the business of the average corner store who loses income thanks to people boycotting the sugary drinks?
I went to buy a single Gatorade this morning, yellow to be exact (I go by colors), and it was twice the price. Jack the price up a few cents, but don’t jack me off for a 100% increase. At that point, I’ll cry and drink my own tears before I purchase some nonsense drink for twice the price.
Mayor Jim and his boys tried to trick the entire city of Philadelphia into thinking the soda tax money would be used to make 4-year-olds smart with a universal pre-K program.
Nope. It’s not happening.
Jim Kenney’s soda tax is reported to bring in $91 million per year and they said it would be mainly used for pre-school, but then at the last second, that idea was wrecked like Mariah Carey’s New Year’s Eve performance.
Thanks to a bait and switch tactic right before people voted on the tax, the money will mostly be used for parks and other nonsense. A small portion of the soda tax money will probably really be used on shoddy daycares, which they will probably rename to pre-schools. These are crack shacks in the middle of bad neighborhoods where it’s usually a handful of heavy women playing on their cell phones and swiping dudes left and right with their greasy chicken wing fingertips. You know, before they get knocked up after work and have their 5th out of wedlock child. If there's any teaching involved in these hellholes, then it probably involves twerking.
Had the money gone to real pre-school, then it would at least be appreciated by parents all over the city. There’s an excellent pre-K program called Head Start and it’s usually located IN A REAL SCHOOL building. This program is all day teaching, from 8:30 am to 3:09 pm. Kids who attend Head Start programs generally enter kindergarten with basic reading and math skills, light years ahead of kids who unfortunately were sent to basic daycares. It's impressive when a four-year-old can read.
At this point, there’s literally no return on investment if I want to drink a Starbucks canned coffee. What am I paying extra for? Some park that I don't care about? No thanks.
If Mayor Kenney wants to use the money for the School District of Philadelphia to decrease class size, fill classrooms with enriching materials (like science kits) and get kids out of those disgusting rotten buildings that are falling apart - then I’m OK with that. I would see my money working to enhance the community and bring intelligence to the students.
But, you know, that makes too much sense, so I don’t expect a democrat to understand logical thinking or be able to use money in a way that benefits the city.
They want to spend money on parks? Please exit the building with that nonsense.
You're trying to rob Philadelphians of a projected $91 million for some parks?
Oh hell naw! Ain't nobody got time for that.
Mayor Kenney wants us to pay double for our drinks and see nothing worthy in return for the nearly 50% tax we're robbed of.
To that I say no thanks.
I’ll buy my sugary drinks in Bensalem, New Jersey, or Delaware. I live rather close to two out of those three. No reason I can’t drive an extra mile to save 50% on my drinks. I'll still save money overall, even if it is a further drive.
Guess I’ll do my food shopping there too. Mayor Kenney’s soda tax is about to increase profits for every supermarket just outside of the city.
Thanks for robbing us and causing people to shop in other areas, bringing surrounding towns more profits and pushing Philadelphia into poverty, which is something that democrat mayors are really good at.
See the list of poor democrat cities in America. Philadelphia is on the list.
Democrats constantly diss the republicans,call them the devil, the thieves, the whatever else you want to call them - but look what just happened in Philadelphia.
The entire city just got robbed by the democrat Mayor. His hands are so deep in our pockets, that he may as well give us a reacharound.
Next time you vote, remember who stole your money with this crazy soda tax.