Sunday, August 28, 2016

Berkeley’s Soda Tax is Upper-Class War on Poor



Berkeley’s Soda Tax is Upper-Class War on Poor
by Chriss W. Street 27 Aug 2016Newport Beach, CA
Although Berkeley, California claims its “soda tax” cuts unhealthy purchases by 21 percent, it mostly taxes the poor and exempts the high-sugared coffee treats that the upper-class crave.

The pioneering 2014 law led to elitists in Mexico, England, and France pushing through taxes on sugar-laden soda beverages; while Philadelphia became the second city in the United States to pass a soda tax in June. Similar ordinances are now on the November ballots in the three Northern California cities of San Francisco, Oakland and Albany.

According to a new University of California study published in the American Journal of Public Health less than three months before the local Bay Area elections, Berkeley’s penny-per-ounce tax levy on sugary soda drinks is being hailed a major public health success in reducing sugar drinks that cause high rates of obesity and Type 2 diabetes.

Opposition to a “soda tax” normally focuses on the discriminatory nature of singling out one sugared item in the grocery cart as the culprit for bad health. But the more insidious issue is that soda taxes are specifically discriminatory by economic class.

Elite upper-class UC professors would vocally shame a soda guzzlers carrying a 64 ounce Mountain Dew Arctic Burst, but they are mum when it comes to their own Starbucks Venti Caramel Brulée Frappuccino, packed with 520 calories. Furthermore, large sugary coffee drinks contain about 50 percent of an adult’s daily recommended allowance of saturated fat.

According to one New York City poll, only 11.2 percent of those living in the elite upscale Chelsea or Greenwich Village and just 18.4 percent of adults in the tony Upper East and West Sides popped a soda a day. That was far below the poor neighborhoods of Brooklyn’s Flatbush, where 45.7 percent popped a soda each day and the South Bronx, where 45.5 percent of residents are daily soda drinkers.

But if the study would have included sugared coffee drinks, the percentage of elites that imbibe sugared drinks would have been much more similar. There are 2,000 Starbucks locations in New York City, with the vast majority in upscale communities. For the low sugared soda drinkers of Chelsea, Greenwich Village and Upper East and West Sides, there is a Starbucks every two blocks on average, plus plenty of coffee competitors.

Furthermore, national canned soda sales have been in a decade-long decline, dropping another 1.2 percent in 2015, according to Beverage Digest. But sugary “ready-to-drink” canned coffee drinks jumped by 19 percent in 2015. Canned coffee beverages volume grew by 48.1 percent over the last five years, from 50.6 million to 89.7 million gallons.

None of the nations or the cities that have passed or have on the ballot a “Starbucks Tax” on frothy sugared coffee concoctions, because it would be wildly unpopular to tax the same upper-class politicians and elites that tend to push “nanny state” laws.

John Cawley, professor of public policy and economics at Cornell University, is suspicious that the UC Berkeley study may be flawed because retailers absorbed 30-50 percent of the tax.

Cawley agreed that “when prices go up, people buy less,” due to the law of demand. “But this is a very large decrease.” He added sarcastically, “It will be interesting, as more information comes in, whether this finding holds up.”

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Friday, August 26, 2016

The Secret Hand of China



The Secret Hand of China
November 24, 1997
From http://www.federal.com/nov24-97/Story01.html (Washington Post)

Opposition to Starr, Thompson and Burton Linked to China

When the People's Republic of China does business in the U.S., it is often represented by the Asian-American law firm of Perkins Coie, which maintains a large office in Taipei, Taiwan and is headquartered in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. The company prospectus boasts of representing "numerous PRC entities in connection with manufacturing facilities in the United States, numerous PRC entities involved in U.S. corporate, real estate and acquisition matters, as well as numerous PRC state-owned enterprises in U.S. corporate and trade matters, including import-export, shipping, aviation and transportation companies."

Moreover, Perkins Coie claims that it maintains "good relationships with PRC governmental authorities at the central, provincial and local levels."

As opposed to John Huang and Maria Hsia, who are known to the FBI as clandestine agents of Communist China, Perkins Coie does not try to hide the fact that it is an agent of the PRC.

It comes as a great surprise, then, that Perkins Coie appeared as legal counsel for no less than seven witnesses who appeared before the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee to testify about illegal fundraising, focusing on an illegal plan by the government of China to influence U.S. elections.

One of those represented by Perkins Coie was none other than Richard Sullivan, the former DNC finance chief responsible for fundraising during the 1996 presidential campaign.

With the shocking revelation by Bob Woodward that the Ministry of State Security in Beijing -- the Chinese equivalent of the CIA -- boasted it had been successful in "thwarting" the congressional inquiry, the Perkins Coie connection becomes even more troubling. Did Perkins Coie work with Committee Democrats to block the inquiry? The actions of the Senators speak for themselves. When Sullivan was before the Committee for the second time, dissembling and evading his way through the flak put up by Republican Senators, it was Senator Glenn who launched into a filibustering tirade about the "unfairness" of the investigation. When Chairman Thompson had to gavel the filibustered hearing to a close without giving Senator Specter a chance to thoroughly interrogate Sullivan, Glenn reminded Thompson that he would have to give a three-day advance notice if he wanted to continue questioning Sullivan. Sullivan was off the hook.

This event was symptomatic of the manner in which Democrats on the Committee managed to obstruct and delay the progress of the committee until it had to close because of an imposed deadline. It was then that the Chinese CIA took credit. Committee Democrats Levin and Toricelli have both taken money from Chinese agent John Huang, and Senator Glenn has offered to negotiate on behalf of John Huang.

Starr Vs. China

If China thwarted the Congressional inquiry, what is China doing about Kenneth Starr and the other independent counsels investigating the White House? A lot, it seems.

There are two organizations devoted to attacking Starr and getting negative stories about him in the U.S. media. James Carville's Education and Information Project and Lynn Cutler's Back to Business Committee. And who are listed as the incorporators of both committees? None other than Robert Bauer, Judith Corley and Holly Shadler, all of Perkins Coie.

According to an interview of James Carville by the American Spectator, it was none other than Bill Clinton's personal lawyer Robert Barnett of Williams & Connolly, who advised him to seek legal and financial assistance for his Starr attack with Robert Bauer of Perkins Coie.

It comes as no surprise, then, that both Carville and Cutler keep the donor lists for their committees a secret. But a few donations have leaked out anyway. Chinese bag man Johnny Chung has donated $25,000 to the Back to Business Committee. There is reason to assume that the money came directly from the Chinese government, since Johhny Chung has received wire transfers from the Bank of China, a bank owned and operated by the Chinese government. Johnny Chung has pled the Fifth Amendment. Congressional probers have also discovered that the group got funding from an Arkansas firm partly owned by Lippo, where John Huang worked.

Both Carville's and Cutler's organizations have devoted their efforts to campaigns against Kenneth Starr, Dan Burton, and the Internet. The White House "Communication Stream of Conspiracy Commerce" report that linked critics of the White House in a global conspiracy was distributed briefly through the Back to Business web site. And Carville's web site boasts that his anti-Starr campaign "has generated over 450 stories on the Lexis Nexis database of major news sources."

Was this what Senator Thompson referred to when he said intelligence showed Chinese agents "attempting to communicate Beijing's views through media channels in the United States"?

One thing is clear. The U.S. mainstream media has uncritically disseminated the propaganda produced by these two organizations.

White House Skunk Works

If Democratic Senators did the bidding of China on the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, are they doing the bidding of China in thwarting the investigation by the Independent Counsels as well? Consider the following:

Senator Carl Levin has for over a year demanded immense quantities of paperwork from independent counsels who pose threats to President Clinton.
The independent counsels have no doubts about what Levin is up to. "This information would go right into the skunk works at the White House to use against us," a senior lawyer in one of the independent counsel offices told columnist Bob Novak last week. "But we are not intimidated."

The Failure of the U.S. Media

Why would the Chinese government thwart an inquiry into illegal fundraising and corruption at the White House? It is quite simple. Having contributed so heavily to Bill Clinton's election in 1992 and his re-election in 1996, it is now merely protecting its investment.

Where is the U.S. media on this unfolding scandal? Why has nobody reported, much less followed up on, the shocking revelations by Bob Woodward and William Safire? Safire reported last week that the Justice Department has not even questioned John Huang, which it knows to be a spy. Why not?

Published in the Nov. 24, 1997 issue of The Washington Weekly. Copyright © 1997 The Washington Weekly (http://www.federal.com). Reposting permitted with this message intact.

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