Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, best known for her embittered Socialism and her role as the Wicked Witch in an amateur dinner theater production of the Wizard of Oz, has a new plan to make life worse for everyone.
Red Rosa, with an estimated net worth of $26 million, wants to tax your soda.
DeLauro introduced the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Tax Act, also known as the “SWEET Act,” on Wednesday, which would impose a 1 cent excise tax per teaspoon of caloric sweetener in soda, energy drinks, sports drinks, and sweet teas.
“This act is intended to discourage excessive consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages by increasing the price of these products,” according to the text of the legislation.
“People want to be healthy and they want their kids to be healthy,” DeLauro said in a statement. “But we are in the midst of dual epidemics, with obesity and diabetes afflicting our nation and the related, astronomical health care costs.”
“There is a clear relationship between sugar-sweetened beverages and a host of other health conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, obesity and tooth decay,” she said. “We are at a crucial tipping point and the SWEET Act will help correct the path we are currently on.”
It doesn’t occur to Red Rosa that maybe people should be allowed to decide whether or not to drink soda. Communists aren’t big on freedom of choice.
The tax is targeted at Americans who are low-income, African American, Hispanic, and children, which the legislation calls “priority populations” due to higher rates of obesity and diabetes.
See, liberals really do care about black people. About taking their money anyway.