The beverage tax in Philadelphia, sugar, aspartame, whatever, tax it, a Limerick.

The City of Philadelphia has levied an 1.5 cents per ounce of soft drinks.

So, if you buy one gallon of sweetened ice tea for 1.72 (on special) you end up paying 1.92 in tax, for a total of of 3.64, a 112 percent tax.

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The soda tax levied in Philly

all soft drinks are taxed willy nilly.

Is it sugar? – relax

it’s an aspartame tax.

Ax tax! Lacks facts, whacks backs! Silly.

Nearly one third of Philadelphians  receive food stamps (SNAP).

According to a new study released by the Food and Nutrition Service, the federal agency responsible for running the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), soft drinks are the #1 expenditure for people on food stamps (# 2 for the general population).

Great job, Philadelphia! Tax the people on food stamps! It would have been better to make soft drinks not eligible for food stamps!  (They would have to settle for 70% or more non carbonated fruit juices!)

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The reduction in foodstamp benefits Nov 1 is due to Democrat laws passed in 2010.

Aug 10 2010 President Obama signed a bill that he said would save hundreds of thousands of teacher and other public workers from unemployment.

Obama signed the measure into law just hours after the House passed it in a special one-day session during what would normally be the lawmakers’ summer break.

The $26 billion bill would protect 300,000 teachers, police and others from election-year layoffs. Obama and Democrats said quick action was necessary before children return to classrooms minus teachers laid off because of budgetary crises in states that have been hard-hit by the recession.

Republicans called the bill a giveaway to teachers unions and an example of wasteful Washington spending.

The bill would be paid for partly by closing a tax loophole used by multinational corporations, but mainly by reducing food stamp benefits for the poor starting in 2013. It passed mainly along party lines by a vote of 247-161.

The time is now to pay the piper. The reported reason is the expiration of the stimulus program, but it is not that simple.

In August 2010, Congress passed and the President signed P.L. 111-226, which accelerated the sunset of the ARRA benefit increase to April 2014 and used the estimated savings for state fiscal relief through additional federal funding for school districts to maintain teachers’ jobs and maintaining a higher federal match for Medicaid costs.  Four months later, the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act (P.L. 111-296), which reauthorized Child Nutrition programs, further accelerated the sunset date of ARRA to October 31, 2013, to offset the cost of the legislation.  As a result, beginning on November 1, 2013, SNAP benefit levels will be based on the cost of the June 2013 TFP, which is lower than the ARRA levels.

Reconvening of Congress, their action quite speedy
To bail out the unions, they all are so greedy.
Harry, Nancy and Barack
Act together as a pack:stimulus_350
Take it from food stamps! Who cares ‘bout the needy?

Will the press even mention that the cuts are caused by Democrat actions in 2010?

A Limerick on Congress reconvene.

The U. S. House was on recess when Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) ordered members to scurry back to Washington on August 10 2010 to do what they do best, spend taxpayer’s money by approving another bailout, this time for states that have been derelict in controlling their own spending on government worker pay, benefits and pensions.

The call-back session was to vote on a $26.1 billion bill to bail out state governments (The Senate passed the legislation on August 5th.). The bill was approved by the House on a largely party line vote.

According to Fox News, some Democrats and advocacy groups are “outraged” because “the bill also requires that $12 billion be stripped from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps, to help fund the new bill.”  Is taking $12 billion from the Food Stamps program in order to pass it to union jobs the new Obama plan to redistribute wealth?

Reconvening of Congress, their action quite speedy

To bail out the unions, they all are so greedy.

Harry, Nancy and Barack

Act together as a pack:

 Take it from food stamps; who cares ‘bout the needy?

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