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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Self-loathing mayor adds soda tax "to tackle white privilege"

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is white and because he's white he believes that he's privileged over people who aren't white. People who believe they have better opportunities in life because they're white believe that blacks and other minorities don't have the same opportunities because of their skin color.

Those self-loathing white people, particularly white men who believe in the existence of 'white privilege,' apparently see minorities as incapable of succeeding unless they're given assistance by white folks.

That's a form of racism deeply embedded in the psyches of white people like Seattle's mayor.

Murray, a flaming leftist, has changed the rules of his proposed soda tax, which was intended to fund education for minorities. He now wants to include diet drinks because rich white folks tend to drink them more.

Under Murray's initial plan, sugary beverage distributers would have to pay 2 cents per ounce and would cover sodas such as Pepsi, Coke and energy drinks like Red Bull, fruit drinks, bottled coffees like those sold at Starbucks, and sweetened teas.

According to the Mayor, the tax would bring $16 million in revenue that would be spent on education programs, creating equality in education between the city's white students and those of color.

As if money is the cause of the disparity.

The United States spends more money ($11,825.89 per student) than most countries. We are only outspent by Luxembourg ($19, 49.81 per student); Switzerland ($13,510.48 per student); and Norway ($13,066.64 per student) as per the website The Richest.

The Mayor's original plan, to tax sugary drinks, would disproportionally be a hardship on the poor. So he lowered the tax to 1.75 cents per ounce and now included diet drinks.

Thus, his plan still causes a hardship on the poor but is slightly reduced, and now includes the diet drinks even though they basically have no calories and don't contribute to obesity.

As Reason.com explains, taxing diet drinks has become "an issue of equality" to Murray because they are more likely to be consumed by "upper middle class white people" and thus, must be taxed as a way to fight "white privileged institutionalized racism."

Meanwhile, Murray has his hands full from the accusations from four men that he paid for sex and sexually abused them in the 1980s when they were teen boys.

In an article by The Seattle Times one of the men filed a claim last month that Murray "raped and molested him" over the course of several years, starting in 1986 when he was a 15-year-old school dropout.

Murray cracked open a Diet Coke and denied the accusations.

It sounds like 'smoke and mirrors' to me.

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