$26 Mil Socialist Congresswoman Wants to Tax Your Soda

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


"I'll get you! And your little soda can too!"

“I’ll get you! And your little soda can too!”

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.

  • DogmaelJones1

    Love the caption for Rosa’s photograph. She does look like a witch, a very angry one because ordinary Americans aren’t being taxed enough. She wants to “do good” by impoverishing them even more.

  • Pete

    The World is burning, there was no economic recovery of note, Argentina is bankrupt for the 3rd time in 3 decades, there is an ebola epidemic and all Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro can think of is a soft drink tax.

    … And this after former Mayor Bloomberg was b_tched slapped.

  • Pete

    Maybe diabetes has more to do with the fact that Americans are virtually chained to their office chairs to pay high taxes and if they do have time to get out the streets are unsafe to walk on.

    Otzi the Iceman was at increased risk of heart disease: DNA reveals 5,300-year-old mummy was predisposed to blocked arteries

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2713187/Otzi-Iceman-increased-risk-heart-disease-5-300-year-old-mummy-genetically-predisposed-blocked-arteries.html

  • Red Baker

    The Commissar of the Food Police.

    • http://hansonslittlecorner.com/ John R Hanson

      Don’t you think it’s time we do away with Food Credit Cards and bring back the government run food pantries? Give the needy all the food they required not to go hungry but at the same time make them hate the process so they get off the “dole” faster because they hate the process.

  • Ah’Nukem Jihadi

    Kerry without the grey. She looks like she could use a sweetener.

  • Ah’Nukem Jihadi
  • Crassus

    She’s what we used to call a two bagger. One bag for her head and one bag for your head in case the bag over her head breaks.

  • fpm

    Eliminate all those bloody tax dollar hungry socialistic liberal politicians will make most Americans healthier.

  • elise

    What about taxing kool-aid and capri sun? Let’s tax people who wear glasses or contact lenses. Tax fat, which has double the calories of carbohydrates per gram.
    I think we should have a politician tax and federal worker tax.

  • Matthew

    Can’t say I have read the legislation but if “This act is intended to discourage excessive consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages” It won’t affect most sodas which use HFCS (corn, not sugar) which means it would be ineffectual at its stated goal. If instead it is intended to apply to HFCS products, then rather than taxing them to increase their price, we could stop subsidizing the corn industry to reduce the price in the first place. Hmm, ineffectual legislation or taxation to counter price reductions caused by previous taxation. Pretty much par for the course for Democrats.

  • Disgusted

    I’m guessing the diet soda industry, or Monsanto is pushing this legislation via this idiot? And, if she was Really concerned with the health of the listed favored classes, she would be taxing diet sodas at a much higher rate given how much worse it is for you. Of course, her being on the subcommittee that handles the FDA, I wouldn’t expect anything less than fronting for a major food conglomerate. Seems this scumbag hag has amassed her fortune via directing political contributions to her husbands political consultancy. According to open secrets, it appears she has the touch of death as far as successfully introducing legislation, with 0 of her bills making it into law. Apparently the PTB don’t care about results, just fealty. Ugh.

  • sid pepin

    Do they not have proofreaders at FrontPage? These errors are gross, David, and I’d be pleased to volunteer my services to monitor your columns. Cheers.

  • steve b

    NOT TOO HARD TO GET HER READY FOR THE WITCH ROLE – JUST REMOVE SOME OF HER MAKE-UP

  • http://hansonslittlecorner.com/ John R Hanson

    Why do all these liberal women look almost exactly the same? They all appear to be mean (even witchy looking) and cranky. Even Hillary has taken on this profile. Just an observation.

  • Simon

    It looks like Alice Cooper on a bad heroin day in the 70′s/80′s.

    • theAcefromSpace

      I don’t think Alice Cooper was ever a heroin user, but he did have a serious alcohol problem which he eventually kicked. He also helped other rock musicians kick their drug habits.

      • BeevaloBill

        Thanks for clarifying that. For a long time, Alice Cooper has been a positive force in helping others with substance abuse.

  • roccolore

    That’s because Democrats don’t pay taxes.

  • wreed22

    How would you like to face this lady to get your drivers license renewed?

  • Ron Childs

    Someone please tell the woman to mind her own damned business.