Facing repeal vote, backer of Cook County soda tax admits it's not about health; it's about money

One of the best progressive con games is the one where they tell you they are protecting your health by adding a new tax.  The wave of taxes on so-called "sugary drinks" (that are sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup) – i.e., Coca-Cola, Pepsi, etc. – was sold as a measure to "encourage" consumers to switch to (purportedly) healthier alternatives that remain untaxed, such as pure fruit juices, for instance, which are just as caloric but are "natural" and are the type of drink favored by the high-income and education class that runs things in this country.  In other words, the Ruling Class imposes its culinary preferences on those whom it rules. It is all for our own good, and only villains would dare oppose this high-minded mission: Jim Krieger, MD, MPH, [is] the executive director of Healthy Food America. "For too long, the big soda companies got away with putting profits over their customers'...(Read Full Post)