Government, in General, and Democrats, in Particular, Try Disguising Taxes
Taxpayers Are Getting Better at Recognizing the Camouflage
San Francisco’s Mayor Proposes a New “Fee” on Soda
San Franciscans Have Some Ideas for “Fees” of Their Own
Government officials at all levels have become more saavy at trying to disguise taxes as something else. But, it seems Democrats are especially adept at the practice.
But voters/taxpayers are also getting better at recognizing the camouflage.
Gavin Newsome, Democrat mayor of San Francisco, is trying out a tax with a double disguise: first, it’s called a fee; and second, it’s dressed up in the now-familiar costume of preventing a health problem.
As an added touch, the tax is supposed to help alleviate a children’s health problem.
…San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has set his sights on soda – working up a plan to charge a new city fee to big retailers of sugar drinks.
“The bottom line is that there is a direct nexus between high-fructose corn syrup drinks like colas and Big Gulps and obesity among schoolkids,” Newsom said Friday.
The idea of taxing soda to combat obesity – which is being touted as the first in the nation – has been roiling around in health circles for some time, including backing from the American Medical Association.
The size of the fee (it won’t be billed as a tax) is being worked out, but it may include a sweetener – namely giving the stores some other kind of fee break.
First of all, it’s not a tax, it’s just a governmentally creative way to combat obesity.
Besides, it’s not even a tax, it’s a fee.
And, to top it off, it’s going to hit “them” not “you”; i.e., the tax is to be on Wal-Marts and other businesses, not really on consumers.
That’s a lot of camouflage.
San Franciscans write in with ideas for “fees” of their own.
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