Seattle mayor proposes attacking ‘white privilege’ with…diet soda tax?

Seattle mayor proposes attacking ‘white privilege’ with…diet soda tax?

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is under legal fire for multiple accusations of having raped, sexually assaulted and/or paid under-aged boys for sex. Fortunately for Murray he’s a liberal so the media is largely ignoring his legal struggles. But rather than lie low the hyper-progressive mayor of America’s 15th largest city is pushing his over-the-top progressive agenda harder than ever.

Mayor Murry has now unveiled a scheme for taxing white privilege, and its about the kookiest thing since the advent of the three-ring circus.

HeatStreet reports that Murray intends to end racism with a soda tax. But that’s not even the nuttiest part of the tale. Check out the zany twist this one takes:

“Mayor Ed Murray of the staunchly liberal Seattle city originally proposed the soda tax during his state of the city address in February. Under his initial plan, distributors of sugary drinks would have to pay 2 cents per ounce.

It would cover sodas such as Coke and Pepsi, energy drinks like Red Bull, fruit drinks, sweetened teas and bottled coffees such as those sold by Starbucks.

The Mayor claimed the tax would bring $16 million in revenue that would be spent on education programs aimed at reducing disparities between the city’s white students and students of color.”

Sounds pretty over-the-top, no? Well here’s where Murray’s reality check bounces:

“But the mayor has updated the plan after the staff of the mayor’s office told him that the tax would actually disproportionately fall on poor minorities, who have higher rates of soda consumption than white residents.

Murray changed the bill, lowering the levy to 1.75 cents per ounce and included diet drinks because they are by favored by affluent white city residents, despite the fact that most diet drinks have no calories and therefore don’t contribute to obesity.

…taxing diet drinks has become “an issue of equality” to the mayor because they [are] more likely to be consumed by “upper middle class white people” and therefore must be taxed as a way to fight “white privileged institutionalized racism.”

No studies or other information sources are cited to verify the notion that upper middle class white people or any white people for that matter, consume diet sodas in greater amounts than other ethnicity groups.  Apparently its just something Murray believes is true and as is the case with much of liberal thought – ‘if I believe it, that’s good enough.’

This is the sort of double standard malarkey that only liberals allow liberals to get away with. One can only imagine the reaction if a Republican proposed any kind of race-based taxation plan.

Murray has (allegedly) traded crack cocaine for sex with underage boys and raped a minor.  Now he’s imposing race-based taxes. There are few places such actions and such an individual could survive. All of them are liberal enclaves.

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