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Democrats Appalled That Policy Achieved Desired Results

Posted by V the K at 7:13 pm - February 26, 2017.
Filed under: Economy

The Democrat-Run city of Philadelphia passed a massive tax on beverages last year, to the cheers and applause of the Democrat Media Complex and left-wingers everywhere. However, increasing the cost of these beverages by 100% has had economic consequences.

Two months into the city’s sweetened-beverage tax, supermarkets and distributors are reporting a 30 percent to 50 percent drop in beverage sales and are planning for layoffs.

One of the city’s largest distributors says it will cut 20 percent of its workforce in March, and an owner of six ShopRite stores in Philadelphia says he expects to shed 300 workers this spring.

This is what they wanted, right? To get people … in particular, poor people… to stop drinking beverages they didn’t approve of.

But now, the same people who passed the tax are getting all nasty about the effects of their tax.

“I didn’t think it was possible for the soda industry to be any greedier,” Kenney said in an emailed statement. “ … They are so committed to stopping this tax from spreading to other cities, that they are not only passing the tax they should be paying onto their customer, they are actually willing to threaten working men and women’s jobs rather than marginally reduce their seven figure bonuses.”

So, these Democrat geniuses passed a massive tax increase with the intention that by making soda less expensive, people would consume less of it. Now, they are feigning outrage that the tax is actually making soda more expensive and people are consuming less of it. But businesses, I guess, are supposed to just eat their losses and not realign their workforces in response?

This is like the people who gleefully passed minimum wage hikes and are wondering why all the restaurants are closing.

 

Japanese Pop Music Is Problematic

Posted by V the K at 7:09 pm - February 26, 2017.
Filed under: Pop Culture,Post 9-11 America

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This has been in my workout shuffle. I was listening to it during my run and it occurred to me, this is a very problematic song from the perspective of a Social Justice Wanker.

  • Cultural Appropriation.  I am committing the crime of Cultural Appropriation just by listening to it. As I understand the modern social justice left, folks should just keep to their own kind, culturally speaking.
  • The Video Objectifies Women.  I mean, like, look at them. It’s they’re objects or something.
  • The Girls Fingerbanging Each Other.  See, in the video, they totally fingerbang each other. In California or Maryland, finger guns would get any elementary school kid an expulsion and a referral for violent anti-social behavior.
  • This verse: Check-it-out chocolate. Can I have a bit of chocolate?/But my weight worries me a bit these days.
    However, chocolate. Can I have a bit of chocolate?/But wait a while! Wait a while! Wait! Wait! Wait!” That’s straight up body-shaming right there. 

So in conclusion… I love Japan.

PDT Addresses Congress

Posted by V the K at 2:15 pm - February 26, 2017.
Filed under: Donald Trump

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I recognize Nancy Pelosi, lower left (still wearing her hijab from her meeting with President Assad). I don’t know how Evan McMullin snuck in, but there he is on the lower right. Next row, beginning from left, I’m pretty sure that’s Senator Cory Booker wearing the horns he borrowed from T-Bone, and then the grinning face of Senator Liz Warren. That’s got to be Chuck Schumer off his left shoulder, I’d know that face anywhere. Next to him, DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes-Norton in the red safety helmet she is now required to wear at all time. On her left, in the string tie, Senator John McCain.

In the next row (starting from left) we have a representative from Planned Parenthood, Special Guest Vladimir Putin, Congressman Elijah Cummings, and Senator Dick Durbin checking his phone for orders from George Soros.

Top Row, from left, Senator Abe Blumenthal, Senator Orrin Hatch, Senator Lindsey Graham, an empty suit sitting in for Senator Mitch McConnell, Senator Tim Scott, and Senator Al Franken at top right.

Sic Semper Socialism

Posted by V the K at 12:21 pm - February 26, 2017.
Filed under: Socialism in America

The socialist revolution in Venezuela has… as all socialist revolutions always do… devolved into violent Government repression and endemic poverty.

Venezuela is so short on food that tens of thousands are going hungry or even starving. Its murder rate is among the highest in the world. Its economy is so crippled that the average shopper spends 35 hours a month waiting in line – three times more than in 2014. Yet even as the country becomes increasingly unlivable, the socialist government is more entrenched than it has been in years. A sense of hopelessness has settled over what was once among the richest nations in South America, a belief that nothing will really change.

This is not the least bit surprising to anyone who understands socialism. But American leftists like beloved Democrat Bernie Sanders lavished praise on the socialist regime in Venezuela, even as their corruption, violent oppression, and dysfunction became obvious.

For a brief period in 2015, there was a brief glimmer of hope as opposition parties gained a brief toehold, and there was some possibility of reform. But then, the Obama Administration stepped in.

The Obama administration then dispatched a top diplomat to walk back the opposition leaders and tempt them with a Vatican-sponsored dialogue, which has since collapsed. In hindsight, to many it felt like capitulation, with the only result being that Maduro was never punished for trampling on the constitution. Now, there is an effort underway to block opposition parties from competing in future elections altogether.

So, the Barack Obama Administration saw that a violent, oppressive socialist state was in danger of being reformed, and so they sabotaged the opposition.

Quelle surprise.