Today, the United Nations urged governments around the world to impose excise taxes on people who buy soda in its various forms in an effort “aimed at raising the retail price by 20% or more.” Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton would fully agree with the recommendation, having endorsed a steep soda tax while campaigning in Philadelphia on April 20, 2016. The city of Brotherly Love passed a bill this year that will raise the retail price of a 12-pack of soda pop by $2.16. Clinton said this spring that she is “fully supportive.” The tax-induced price hike on a 12-pack of is well over 20 percent.
Her opponent in the Democrat primary, socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, pointed out that Clinton’s endorsement of the UN call for higher taxes on citizens violated her repeated promise not to support taxes on any American earning less than $250,000. He said "Frankly, I am very surprised that Secretary Clinton would support this regressive tax after pledging not to raise taxes on anyone making less than $250,000. This proposal clearly violates her pledge.”
Sanders added, “The mechanism here is fairly regressive. And that is, it will be increasing taxes on low-income and working people.”
The U.N. report uses the term “tax” 312 times.
“When Hillary Clinton endorsed the soda tax it was news because she exposed her promise to never ever tax anyone who earned less than $250,000 as a lie,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “Now Hillary’s tax on middle income Americans is being embraced by the United Nations. If she’s elected, the U.N. will have a willing soda-tax-hike partner in Hillary Clinton.”
The World Health Organization is urging the whole world to cut back on sugar, limiting added sugars to no more than 10 percent of daily calorie intake.
The World Health Organization report said that to address the improvement of the world’s diet and to prevent lifestyle diseases, such as obesity and diabetes, "The evidence was strongest and most consistent for the effectiveness of sugar-sweetened beverage taxes in the range of 20-50% in reducing consumption." The director of WHO's Department for the Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases, Dr. Douglas Bettcher, said that "consumption of free sugars, including products like sugary drinks, is a major factor in the global increase of people suffering from obesity and diabetes." Taxing sugary drinks, he said, governments “can reduce suffering and save lives,” as well as cut healthcare costs and increase revenues to invest in health services.
The International Council of Beverages Associations, which represents soda companies and other beverage-makers, stated in a press release, "We strongly disagree with the committee's recommendation to tax beverages, as it is an unproven idea that has not been shown to improve public health based on global experiences to date."
Earlier this year, Philadelphia passed a tax on sweetened soft drinks this year, while Mexico saw a decline in the consumption of sugary drinks ever since it passed a tax in 2014. Similar measures are on the ballot this year in California and Colorado.
Among the other tax proposals associated with Clinton is a tax on firearms. In 2015, she said, "I'm all for that."
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