Should Liberals Be Charged More for the Same Products?

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By conventional free market principles, no. But by wealth redistribution logic, there is a case to be made for a liberal tax.

Over at the “I Love Drilling Juice & Smoothie Bar“, owner George Burnett in Vernal, Utah, has made headlines for applying a special tax of a dollar to liberal customers.

Liberals have played the wealth redistribution game, transforming the economy into a shell game for taking money from some and giving it to others based on income. A progressive smoothie tax follows that same logic.

Studies have shown that liberals on average earn more than conservatives. (It helps to be in a line of work where it’s nearly impossible to be fired, such as a university or certain unions.) And paying more for a smoothie, just means that they are paying their “fair share”.

Obama has been a big believer in wealth redistribution. So what’s wrong with a little wealth redistribution at the smoothie level anyway?

We can either have a society where people work and earn, and are treated equally. Or we can have a society whose whole purpose is to redistribute wealth. And considering that liberals are among the wealthiest Americans, they might not find such a society to their liking.

Democrats now control the majority of the nation’s wealthiest congressional jurisdictions. More than half of the wealthiest households are concentrated in the 18 states where Democrats control both Senate seats.

This new political demography holds true in the House of Representatives, where the leadership of each party hails from different worlds. Nancy Pelosi, Democratic leader of the House of Representatives, represents one of America’s wealthiest regions. Her San Francisco district has more than 43,700 high-end households. Fewer than 7,000 households in the western Ohio district of House Republican leader John Boehner enjoy this level of affluence.

If the left really wants a class war, it might just begin in a smoothie hut.

  • Mary Sue

    haha awesome! Take that, libs!

  • AnOrdinaryMan

    Very creative post; but right on target. How long can Liberal/Democrat hypocrisy sustain the Liberal agenda?

  • Questions

    How exactly does this proprietor discern a liberal customer from a conservative one? Does he make a judgment based on physical appearance? Does he ask each and every customer who walks into his establishment, point blank, what their political beliefs are? I find this person more than a little creepy.

    It's fine to disagree with liberals. I do that all the time. But to render them second-class citizens — economic dhimmitude, if one will — is simply hateful. Is this what conservatism has come to?

    • Tiberius

      Good question on the determination of a liberal and conservative. However the idea of regulating them as "second class citizens" seems very appropiate indeed. The liberals are already doing it with the big social program spending toward minorites in big cities. Look at how these resident's votes are being bought by liberal government officials with the promises of more "assistance."

      I can see through this business man's thinking, that the liberals need to practice what they preach. Nothing "creepy" about it. Just sad that our country is going down this route not by the actions of this businessman but by actions of our government, our schools, our media for at least half a century.

    • Mary Sue

      it's only taking liberals at their word.

      "I'll GLADLY pay more if it means we can have more health care", etc.

  • Larry

    I've suggested the same to greenies here in Australia. That they insist that they only get "green" electricity, that they pay full cost for it, and that on days when the sun don't shine or the wind don't blow, that they don't get any at all.

    Funnily enough none of them want to take up the option.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "“I Love Drilling Juice & Smoothie Bar“, owner George Burnett in Vernal, Utah, has made headlines for applying a special tax of a dollar to liberal customers."

    And I love the “I Love Drilling Juice & Smoothie Bar.“

  • Guest

    It would be one thing if the owner were sending the "tax" money to, say, the government. But, of course, he's not. He's sending it to places like the Heritage Foundation. If he's going to play little games like this, he may as well be honest about it.

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