According to the LA Times, "beverage lobbyists" have "smothered a plan to tax sugared beverages." Lobbyists get quite a bit of bad press, but here's an opportunity to congratulate them on a job well done. The whining tone of the Times piece is pretty amusing, mostly bemoaning the downfall of the scheme and portraying industry in a bad light -- as if another tax based on nanny-state do-gooderism was something we should have embraced.
Naturally the idea was pushed by a Democrat, Rep. Linda T. Sanchez. Is there any area of life that Democrats don't think warrants government involvement and taxation?
Sanchez, who was recently diagnosed with gestational diabetes, was one of the committee members who pushed for consideration of the idea. She told a closed-door meeting of committee Democrats that it would be a political winner: "We are on the moral high ground here," she said. "We can improve health outcomes and get more revenue."That pretty much encapsulates left-wing Democratic thinking in a nutshell. They know what's best for you, and they will force you to do it. And if you don't, they'll take more of your money to penalize you until you cooperate. Is it any wonder that the left exploded in outrage when the Supreme Court struck down limitations on free speech for corporate entities? Since they have -- in their own minds -- the "moral high ground," opponents shouldn't even be allowed to argue against their schemes.