Saturday, June 24, 2017

Econ 101 Again

The Cook County Soda Tax is about to take effect, and so will another demonstration of Economics 101 to ignorant politicians.  Toni Prickwrinkle was on the news yesterday talking about how she had surveyed other places that a beverage tax had been implemented and "discovered" soda consumption was down, thereby improving the public's health. The trouble is, consumption wasn't down - people shopped elsewhere where the tax wasn't as onerous, but that doesn't fit her busybody government narrative.

It ties into a question we asked around a week ago - has anyone in the media even tried to research what effect the Gun and Ammo tax had on crime? Or how much was actually collected? Here's a story not getting much coverage:
  • When the City of Seattle passed a tax on all sales of guns and ammunition, the measure was hailed as a way to defray the rising costs of gun violence.

    But since the tax took effect, those costs have only risen as gun violence in the city has surged. And the tax has apparently brought in much less than city leaders projected it would.

    [...] Seattle City Councilman Tim Burgess introduced the tax in 2015. It puts a $25 tax on every firearm sold in the city and up to 5 cents per round of ammunition. The measure easily passed and took effect January 1, 2016. Comparing the first five months of 2017 with the same period before the gun tax went into effect, reports of shots fired are up 13 percent, the number of people injured in shootings climbed 37 percent and gun deaths doubled, according to crime statistics from the Seattle Police Department.
That is almost exactly the same tax scheme Prickwrinkle put into effect - and the crime increases are similar, too. And how much revenue did it produce in Seattle?
  • In selling his gun tax to the public, Burgess predicted it would generate between $300,000 and $500,000 annually. The money would be used to study the root causes of gun violence in hopes of reducing the costs to taxpayers.

    Seattle officials refuse to say how much the tax brought in the first year, only giving the number “under $200,000.” Gun rights groups have sued to get the exact amount.
So Prickwrinkle probably has a hole in her budget from over-estimating the "violence" tax and is about to have another one from the soda tax. Shortshanks did the same thing with his bottled water tax - sales plummeted in the city and skyrocketed in the suburbs, costing the city probable millions at a dime per.

And once again, the media isn't doing any sort of follow-up.

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105 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those tax and spend folks never ever learn that their plan/agenda is self defeating.

6/24/2017 12:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. These taxes have nothing to do with what they purport. They're purely to raise revenue.

2. You can't depend on the media to report the above.

Buy outside the county.

6/24/2017 12:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not only will Crook county lose my soda tax, they will also lose the tax that is charged on all the other items that I will buy when I am buying my soda in another county. Idiots!

6/24/2017 12:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I stocked up. I'll then spend my money elsewhere....probably by other groceries while i'm there.....i might even plan to move there....dummy!

6/24/2017 12:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These fools are even taxing sports drinks(Gaterade, Powerade etc.) Stupid! Sports teams buy large bulk quantities of it which I'm sure will now be bought outside cook county. I've already stocked up and every time I visit family in Lake county I'll be restocking. How dumb to tax this. Mostly healthy active people buy it, so their idea of "health concerns" is BS.

6/24/2017 12:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw implement as much democratic nonsense as they can... as the beastie boys once said "no, sleep, till brok,... Detroit" which is where we are heading....

6/24/2017 12:39:00 AM  
Blogger guinspen said...

Rush Limbaugh pegged them:

** "August 15, 2014 · The true definition of the Drive-By Media is they arrive on the scene of major breaking news and they stir up emotions to a frenzied fever pitch. They spread lies, and then, after a few hours or a few days when the real facts emerge, they're gone." **

6/24/2017 12:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I go out of state every two weeks. I'll now add a grocery store stop to my commute. Problem solved. And, obviously, my consumption of these dastardly drinks will go down. Or not.

6/24/2017 12:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THIS is what the tax covers. It's not just a 'soda pop' tax.

Bottled sweetened beverages (soda, sports drinks, flavored water, energy drinks, pre-made sweetened coffee and tea with less than 50% milk content, etc.) – the tax rate is $.01 per ounce of sweetened beverage and is calculated on the fluid ounces contained in the bottle or can

6/24/2017 12:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep adding the taxes you morons. I buy less and less here. I won't ever buy any more soda from the grocery store, I stopped buying bottled water in Chicago years ago. I buy my gas in DuPage county or Lake county. Mind you own fucking business!

If I stay in this God Forsaken state, it'll be in McHenry county or out completely. You fucking mopes, I have 2 children, 5 nieces or nephews and damnit, you've chased all but 1 of therm from the home state. My sister is thinking of leaving. Just who is going to stay here? Fuck!

6/24/2017 12:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not about the revenue, it is and always has been about de facto gun registration. People won't go for an out right registration scheme, but through the tax, a paper trail is created, and preserved. Not only can they be used as a registration mechanism, they would also be considered public documents subject to foia. A publicly available, verified gun list identifying the addresses of . . . Guns

6/24/2017 01:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because the thugs buy their guns legally and they are paying their fair share of this tax..... right....

6/24/2017 01:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Take a Drive Shop out of Cook County.

6/24/2017 02:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like the tax accountants all went
to the same school. The poured drink tax
was hated by bar owners and patrons alike.
It's human nature, why pay more than you
have to? Bars did notice an increase in
patrons using booths in quiet corners.

6/24/2017 03:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK how long will it be after the soda tax is enacted before the city fathers have CPD out arresting people for having or selling untaxed soda

6/24/2017 03:33:00 AM  
Blogger John Petruzzelli said...

The tax on firearms and ammunition in Seattle hurt the couple of remaining gun stores inside the city limits. I've been in the suburbs since moving here and the best prices continue to be in the burbs. We also have a couple of pretty good sized gun shows monthly (and there is no gun show loophole-everyone gets background check on any transfers). Our CHL's are reasonably priced and timely and the process isn't overly onerous. Fair amount of internet sales here with the transfers at your local gun store/FFL. End of the day, we don't have a lot of "gun violence". Concealed carry goes back to the 80's here so you never know who is carrying. We also have open carry here...couple of groups love to go strapped to their local Starbucks to "exercise their 2nd Amendment rights". Usually ends up with a couple of nerds yapping at each other and videos on YouTube. Soda tax is another dumb idea they are trying. I'll stick to doing my shopping in the burbs and if I am thirsty in the city, I'll order an Old Style!!

6/24/2017 04:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

follow is risky to those w/relatives that hold $100k+ spots at Dart's house of cards

6/24/2017 04:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, DuPage county is just the other side of the airport on Irving park road. A quick drive for those on the Far northwest side..

6/24/2017 04:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I travel to Wisconsin to shop it's not just for soda or water. I will spend my entire food budget there. Sorry local grocery store but no apologies to the local politicians. Also gas is cheaper along with most of the other things I will no longer be buying in Illinois. How did the leaders of this city and state live so long being this DUMB?

6/24/2017 04:50:00 AM  
Anonymous lil george said...

15 minutes down I-80 and I'm out of cook. My car gets 35 per gallon on Highway so gas up in Will County, 40 mile round-trip costs me $2.20. The money I save on no bag tax, no beverage tax, other BS taxes will be well worth the gas I use. I'll be way ahead per trip. Thanks Toni, you just saved me hundreds per year

6/24/2017 04:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To bad we can't tax Stupid then the Politicians would be paying for everything. "Stupid is as Stupid dose"

6/24/2017 04:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cigs gas pop I buy in Indiana case closed

6/24/2017 05:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My new purchase route takes me out of Chicago and Cook county at very little cost to me, in my fuel efficient car!

When I get home in this thieving city, I spend over an hour unloading all the stuff I bought from outside the county!

Trump is right again! Politicians are Stupid!

Vote Trump!!

6/24/2017 05:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see more stores closing and people or folks losing their jobs in Cook county!

6/24/2017 05:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its time to move out, theres plenty of good departments across the country hiring. Why would you stay here if your under 10 years. Just plain stupid.

6/24/2017 06:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Time to dump Toni Taxwinkle

6/24/2017 06:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Terry McG said...

Prickwinkle points out that an increase in a product's price will likely decrease purchasing of that product where the price is mandated to be higher.
Prickwinkle also is on record as saying that a mandated increase in the price of labor (min. wage) will not result in a decrease in company's bringing on such labor.

Prickwinkle has no need for intellectual consistency.

6/24/2017 06:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's no hope. Out with friends last night, Politics came up and I asked how anyone could vote for democrats now days. I was a downed flyer behind enemy lines. they hated me. I don't get it NO they don't get it.

6/24/2017 06:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do they have Old Style in Seattle?

6/24/2017 06:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liberals and communists just can't help themselves, taking other people's money and pouring it down a black hole (all the while lining their own pockets) is just second nature to them.

Speaking of liberal democrats, last year California passed a law banning/prohibiting travel to Kansas, Mississippi, Tennessee (I think) & North Carolina because they're not LGBT friendly?!!! Doesn't that sound exactly like communism? The real face behind liberal democrats.

J.J.

6/24/2017 06:56:00 AM  
Blogger The Keesing Bandit said...

Short term politicians are causing huge long term problems.

6/24/2017 07:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The blame belongs to the morons that keep voting for these slugs. Dart, Foxx and Perrywinkle now there's an all star lineup. ♠️

6/24/2017 07:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I got my coffee at a local Dunkin, I was informed that the price of my coffee would be going up July first because of th sugar tax. Since I don't get sugar in my coffee I asked how that would work. He replied That's a good question as he didn't have an answer. So it's not a soda tax. It's a sugary drink tax sold as a soda tax.

6/24/2017 07:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The real problem here are public sector employees working for the county earn 35% more in pay and benefits then their private sector counterparts. And, it seems that many do not work in their job titles or their job description and way too many " assistant managers". It is a subtle form of patronage and deeply hidden within the country budget.The biggest offenders are the elected country officials. There was a job audit done a few years ago but was never released. It is time for another. Funny, during hard economic times private sector people do not get a raise and some are laid off. County employees are never effected in that way.

6/24/2017 07:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish Republicans would start voting Democrat in the primary for the best candidate we could of had O'Brien instead of Preckwinkle!

6/24/2017 07:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I find strange about the soda "for health reasons" tax is that it doesn't apply to those on government assistance programs. So is that to say their health is exceptionally good and they don't need to be mothered by the politicians or is it to say we really don't give a fuck if they're healthy or not. I suspect the latter.

6/24/2017 08:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Correct me if I'm wrong, but are 'under-privileged folks' using the LINK card exempt from paying this tax?
So, basically, the healthy folks who purchase a liter of Pepsi for breakfast or give their growing children a 12 ounce can of Coco-Cola for dinner (instead of water/milk) and end up being overweight can't be bothered paying this tax. Chicago values at their noblest!

6/24/2017 08:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The gun and ammo tax is for preckwickles slush fund........

6/24/2017 08:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Preckwinkle and Dart came into as "reformers". Dart added 200 million to his budget and over 100 political positions. How does Preckwinkle let him get away with that unless she expanded her budget too. These two make Todd Stroger and Mike Sheehan look like fiscal hawks and now the taxpayer in on the hook.

6/24/2017 08:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also did you all see the IG report where Dart spent 39 million in overtime costs in 2014 because his officers don't show up to work for him. Do you really blame them.

This is how Dart treats his officers..

The Sad Death of Cook County Sheriff's officer Michael Raines. Sheriff's OPR/IAD harassed this officer despite him acting heroically in off duty shooting! Raines heroically took on two illegal aliens in shootout who had a combined 41 prior arrests!

Officer Michael Raines died of a fentanyl overdose after developing PTSD issues after acting heroically in off duty shooting saving multiple lives ...  Despite his heroic actions, the Sheriff's office/OPR investigated him for "using a handgun he did not qualify with" (a ridiculous minor infraction)..  Now after his death the Sheriff is covering his ass, calling Raines a hero, for going "above and beyond the call of duty". The Cook County Sheriff's office has the highest suicide rate in the nation and Dart continues to harass his employees.  Dart even bragged about it in a radio interview last month!

Officer Michael Raines.


Despite the lead Detective calling Raines actions heroic, OPR opened an investigation and reprimanded him!!

Two illegal aliens with a combined 41 arrests initiated the shootout with officer Raines and are now suing the County after OPR/Dart build a case for them falsely accusing Officer Raines of wrongdoing!

Source..
http://crookcountysheriff.blogspot.com/

6/24/2017 08:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When will the "idiot politician's and useless media" begin to get the story straight? When you are "broke" adding taxes doesn't work. When people are fleeing the city, county, and state, adding taxes doesn't work. When business and jobs are leaving the city, county, and state, adding taxes doesn't work! Losing the 2 big lotteries and stopping all road construction in the State wont help!
With the media badmouthing the President of the USA and the Mayor "irresponsibly" declaring the "broke and broken" Chicago a sanctuary city does not help!
What could help is if these "idiot politician's learn to cut costs, lower taxes, enforce the laws, QUIT STEALING OR CUTTING SWEETHEART DEALS, live within their means as taxpayers subject to the whims and greed of "idiot politician's" have to do!!!! How many politicians had their paid up Health Care Benefits vaporized? Says it all!

6/24/2017 08:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Dems get away with their bullshlt because people are either too dumb or too lazy to figure out the truth.

If there were a Truth in Tax Naming law---and there oughta be---the lastest outrageous Chicago property tax hike would be labeled the "Raise the Rents in Chicago by 10% Tax", which is what it is really doing. Somehow, renters don't think of themselves as property owners but they are, indirectly. When the city taxes bleed the homeowner dry, the homeowner is forced to pass the suffering on to those who rent from him. He's not a millionaire; he's just a guy--bus driver, cop, fireman, teacher---who bought a two-flat.

The soda tax should be billed as the "Put the Remaining Neighborhood Grocery Stores Out of Business Tax." Or, the "Gang-banger Job Creation Tax." Or the "Chicago Black Market Enablement tax"---something like that.

6/24/2017 08:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The tax on guns is for making the price of ownership prohibitive. If they can tax your right, they can tax it a lot more than they already are. They got their nose under the tent. There is no stopping the commies now.

6/24/2017 08:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A basic law of economics is taxes change behavior.
Increase taxes, decrease behavior.
Decrease taxes, increase behavior.
It works every time.
Only an ignorant idiot would think otherwise.
Or someone who is hell bent on raising taxes.

6/24/2017 09:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only purpose for any of these taxes is to produce i come. They dont care about your health or safety obviously. There are desperate Democrats.

6/24/2017 09:41:00 AM  
Blogger Bettina Fuller said...

A quick read of the results of the Seattle gun/ammo tax makes it look like people improved their aim!

6/24/2017 09:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


What is the definition of insanity? When you do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result. The citizens of Cook County keep on voting Democratic!!!!!!!!!

6/24/2017 10:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NYC had police locking up the street salesman for selling loosies (single cigarettes)
we all know how that worked out
issue anov's , lock people up , all is good until the animal resists
cook county will lose tax dollars , soda pop salesmen will lose income
next brain storm will be 5 cents an ounce on flamin hot chips , cheetos , peanuts and popcorn
can chicago leave cook county , put that on the next ballot

6/24/2017 10:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These idiot politicians never learn from their stupid mistakes.

Isn't that the definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.

6/24/2017 10:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Time to start buying Link cards for pennies on the dollar from one of the many local crack heads.

6/24/2017 10:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

True Story.

I was in a cafeteria across from City Hall.
Preckwinkle was there also. She was wearing two mismatched shoes.

This is your County Board President.

The only true words that Preckwinkle ever spoke were when she cast some shade on Obama's political opportunism (as a pol from his legislative district in Illinois).

6/24/2017 10:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I drove to Belvidere Ill yesterday gas was under 2 dollars.

6/24/2017 10:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

20 minutes from Ohare airport is a Costco at I94 and Route 60 its off the Exit.Gas is at least 50 cents a gallon less.Lake county has no liquor tax,Huge Savings.

6/24/2017 10:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Soda tax to lower consumption of sugar-based drinks.......what a crock

This tax is added to almost ALL liquid beverages, at a penny per ounce.....so a 12 pack of Diet Coke (no sugar in it) adds $1.44 to the purchase price.....which, by the way, this tax is EXEMPT for all FOOD STAMP/SNAP card purchasers, so once again, it is ONLY the working taxpayer who gets socked in the wallet......

So, to the management of JEWEL FOODS, MARIANOS, BUTERA, et al- I won't be buying anything at your stores forevermore......since I have to buy my Diet Coke out of the county, so will I buy the rest of my groceries......

The rest of this city will also become a "food desert" not just the feral areas where they shoplift and steal your companies blind! This time it's your rat-fuck politicians doing it!

6/24/2017 10:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Each Aldercreature should have to pay a cleanup tax from their million dollar ward fund after every shooting that occurs among the constituents, next issue...

6/24/2017 10:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...And once again, the media isn't doing any sort of follow-up. "

The media would do a lot of follow up. IF the soda manufacturers who do a lot of advertising put pressure on them to raise holy hell about it. And if the manufacturers put their money into candidates who would repeal that tax in the next election.

6/24/2017 11:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Cook County Soda Tax is about to take effect, and so will another demonstration of Economics 101 to ignorant politicians. Toni Prickwrinkle was on the news yesterday talking about how she had surveyed other places that a beverage tax had been implemented and "discovered" soda consumption was down, thereby improving the public's health. The trouble is, consumption wasn't down - people shopped elsewhere where the tax wasn't as onerous, but that doesn't fit her busybody government narrative


She also forgot to say consumption was down for tax paying citizens, not for SNAP and food stamp recipients their health improvement should also be imoortant

6/24/2017 12:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Again, not a problem for Rotten Rahm as she's running for reelection as CC Board president.
So who is going to challenge her over taxation and all the race baiting?
Another goof liberal?

Are there any taxpayers, any people left in the city and county;
- that are fed up with the constant raising of taxes or
- the continual release and failure to prosecute violent criminals?

Prickwrinkle has nothing to show for her tenure except raising taxes, over-spending, adding patronage jobs, closing/demolishing jail facilities and constantly bashing evil whitie for jailing criminal blacks and browns folks.

Letting Prickwinkle cakewalk into another term is only adding fuel to the raging fire that's been long destroying the city, county, state.
Hey ChweyJesus, have I got a job for you.

6/24/2017 12:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Already shopping in Indiana.

6/24/2017 12:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stop allowing low life's to use LINK for soda, candy and chips.

6/24/2017 12:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess Toni's goal is to make the entire city a food desert. As profits go so will the stores. Glad I'm fortunate enough to shop elsewhere.

6/24/2017 12:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

all the taxes and laws do not decrease violence of any kind. the only sure solution. bring back the death penalty that the scum sucker gov. Quinn removed.

6/24/2017 12:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All of you are missing the point! With the taxes on Orange pop & ammo, the thugs will leave the county to buy these essentials, see Pookie in the line at the next register, and shoot him in the out of the county parking lot. Toni the Prek can balance her budget because the county ain't covering the medical treatment, rehab, or services for the deceased, Rham can shriek "Crime is down because of the gold star brain trust!". Will or Dupage can try and house the newly minted banger, and Tommie Toupee can close his pizzeria. Watch for a tax on flaming hots byFall.

Snark/OFF!

6/24/2017 12:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Sounds like the tax accountants all went
to the same school. The poured drink tax
was hated by bar owners and patrons alike.
It's human nature, why pay more than you
have to? Bars did notice an increase in
patrons using booths in quiet corners.

6/24/2017 03:25:00
******
Any drink containing soda , sweetners at a bar will be taxeed .. Crook ,County Il ..... Jackasses
County Assswipes now say they estimate Crook County will get $$ 200 Million from Soda Tax . Dream on !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Philadelphia soda tax money 40 % less what was estimated

6/24/2017 01:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it true that they cannot charge the tax on soda purchases with LINK or EBT cards?

I heard that cities, counties and such cannot add any additional taxes to food items purchased with SNAP dollars.

6/24/2017 01:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Preckwinlle doesn't have big enough balls to tax Flamin' Hots!

6/24/2017 02:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good News! The Soda Tax will not apply to the poor suffering SNAP benefit recipients. It only applies to Taxpayers.

"The county initially projected the tax could bring in about $224 million a year. That was before officials decided — after receiving guidance from the state Department of Revenue — the tax won't apply to almost 900,000 Cook County residents who receive benefits from the federal food stamp program, officially known as the , or SNAP."

http://oianews.com/what-shoppers-need-to-know-about-the-cook-county-soda-pop-tax

http://reason.com/blog/2017/06/13/cook-county-soda-tax-experiences-a-rocky

I am sure everyone is happy to know that the poor and disadvantaged in Cook County won't have to pay this stupid and regressive tax; only the Taxpayers will pay. IF they are stupid enough to shop in Crook County.

6/24/2017 02:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Better get your lottery tickets before they leave town too!

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/06/20/illinois-careens-into-financial-meltdown-and-not-even-lottery-is-safe.html

6/24/2017 02:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These fools are even taxing sports drinks(Gaterade, Powerade etc.) Stupid! Sports teams buy large bulk quantities of it which I'm sure will now be bought outside cook county. I've already stocked up and every time I visit family in Lake county I'll be restocking. How dumb to tax this. Mostly healthy active people buy it, so their idea of "health concerns" is BS.

6/24/2017 12:34:00 AM

Gatorade is watered down KoolAid guy, most healthy, active people don't drink it.

Much like those who wear FitBits, they are fatsos trying to portray themselves as someone who works out and is healthy.

Never seen an in shape person wearing a FitBit and never seen a healthy person drink Gatorade all day under the pretense of "its healthy."

6/24/2017 03:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

remember a guy named stronger ms tax taxwinkle?

he was voted out over a silly penny tax too....

it is insanity, your political platform was to cut cut cut.

the waste in government is mind boggling.

Rauner may not be liked by the dems or the democratic press, but he has it right.

get a straight honest budget and lets do this

6/24/2017 03:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I couldn't help but laugh when Mr. Taxwinkle was quoted as saying "I'm the president of this county..." She may be the board president but I don't think that translates to her claim.

6/24/2017 03:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Illinois credit rating about to be downgraded
to Junk Status. Something about not having a
state budget for 3 years in a row.......

6/24/2017 04:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Started going out of Cook County to buy groceries, wine and beer years ago. Gas was only couple dollars, more than made up by the savings. Plus the experience was enjoyable. No panhandlers outside the stores, supermarkets were clean with better selections and no puddles of piss in the aisles (I lived in Streeterville.). Would make a day of it with a movie ( no one shooting at the screen, texting or talking) and a nice lunch or dinner. Had neighbors that would take a van and load up for several people.

Wonder if the libs here will make it against the law to buy groceries in surrounding counties. I can see it now, a bureaucrat's dream! Another whole department of people to make up the laws and monitor them with a whole new Grocery Enforcement Team with roadblocks and new avenues of taxpayer shakedowns. Add a GET Agent at all tollbooths to search for out of county grocery contraband with immediate fines and impounding of vehicles. Another revenue stream to pocket and/or pour down some rathole.

6/24/2017 04:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Visiting Southern Illinois this weekend. Gasoline was forty-two cents less per gallon than in Crook County.

6/24/2017 04:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

As I got my coffee at a local Dunkin, I was informed that the price of my coffee would be going up July first because of th sugar tax. Since I don't get sugar in my coffee I asked how that would work. He replied That's a good question as he didn't have an answer. So it's not a soda tax. It's a sugary drink tax sold as a soda tax.

6/24/2017 07:29:00 AM

And UNSWEETENED Iced Tea is also taxed, how the hell are they doing that? Next, a gallon of milk will be added to the list....................more $$$

6/24/2017 04:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Jewel on Lake Cook road in Buffalo Grove on the Lake County side expects pop sales to triple.

6/24/2017 05:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alcohol and Cigarettes have a County tax stamp pop doesnt,All the small independence stores wont buy in Cook County.

6/24/2017 05:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

[...]
Speaking of liberal democrats, last year California passed a law banning/prohibiting travel to Kansas, Mississippi, Tennessee (I think) & North Carolina because they're not LGBT friendly?!!! Doesn't that sound exactly like communism? The real face behind liberal democrats.

J.J.

6/24/2017 06:56:00 AM

Hopefully California will soonbuild its own wall like East Germany did, you know, to keep out the bad element.

6/24/2017 05:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't apply it to the folks (and people) on SNAP. After all, it's not like that demographic is the most at risk for diabetes, heart disease, high blood preasure, etc. Just add an additional tax on the tax payers to cover their medical expenses.

6/24/2017 05:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cook county crooks politicians higher their relatives to collect a check.

6/24/2017 05:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You ask any doctor what causes the health related issues--- if it is drinking too much soda? The will tell you no it is NOT!, the problem is that there is a dis function in a person cells that is the root problem. Diabetes pretty much is a person cells is not absorbing or is absorbing too much insulin. Hey democrats, you guys forgot to tax salt products you dumb fucks. But then again bring up one issue to combat an entirely different issue, here goes your tax money democrats. Continue to not solve problems

6/24/2017 05:44:00 PM  
Blogger Retired Indiana Copper said...

They put the soda tax last year in Philly. Only the govt thought themselves smarter by taxing the distributors. Imagine when the distributors passed the cost on to the end retailers. Results:

Beverage companies laid off 10-33% of employees. Stores laid off employees. And since tax is not at retail all the food stamp types had to pay the tax - not like Chicago where at retail LINK carders don't pay (FDA program rules).

Other than the poor its not hard to cross the bridge into NJ or head up to Chester to buy. Oh and tax revenue in way down from the effort .... but mayor stills protests the "greedy" distributors.

6/24/2017 05:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahmmie buys his soda in Indiana. He has a lake home in Michigan. The rahmmie family buy all their groceries out of state.

6/24/2017 06:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Illisheet said...

They'll all just head down to Will County or go to Indiana if they're closer to the border. Which leaves the 'untaxables' to continue to degrade what's left of Cook County. So glad we left Crookville years ago.

6/24/2017 06:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great. Now the gas station parking lot cigarette sellers will be adding 12ounce cans of pop to the mix.

6/24/2017 07:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SNAP, LINK, whatever you call it are exempt of the plastic bag fee, too. They can't be responsible for bringing bags to the grocery stores ?

6/24/2017 08:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
[...]
Speaking of liberal democrats, last year California passed a law banning/prohibiting travel to Kansas, Mississippi, Tennessee (I think) & North Carolina because they're not LGBT friendly?!!! Doesn't that sound exactly like communism? The real face behind liberal democrats.

J.J.

6/24/2017 06:56:00 AM

The law doesn't ban travel. It bans state government travel (i.e. spending money on it). California has collectively lost its mind. I'm not going to worry what they spend their non-existent money on.

6/24/2017 08:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I Will Not Enforce Laws that Toni passes

6/24/2017 08:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Northern Will Co. and it "amazes " me how many Chicago stickers I see in our local Jewel.
I see stickers from Mattesson, Oly Fields, and farther east. I'm sure our neighbors from farther east are shopping here and at Mariano's ....!!!!

6/24/2017 10:57:00 PM  
Blogger Jon Ericson said...

https://tinyurl.com/ya32fmgr

6/24/2017 11:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This tax is misdirection. Just something to take the media's & low-information voter's minds off of the root problems in Crook county.

6/25/2017 08:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You got the county government you voted for. Whats the problem? You voted them in democrats now live with your own stupidity.

6/25/2017 08:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the clarification of that California law, didn't get to read the whole article.
Reference a big tax on firearms, couldn't that be considered an infringement and in direct violation of our Second Amendment rights?
Lawsuits need to be filed every time these dumb ass liberal democrats come up with a stupid idea. Money is what drives them.
They all want to be rich, like Hillary.

J.J.

6/25/2017 09:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where can we get pop and water the other side of O'Hare airport

6/25/2017 10:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL..... Distributors will pay the Crook County ,IL soda tax. pay Crook county Then charge stores.... then stores collect tax from customers.. Can anyone say 2017 Bootleggers for Crook County ,Soda taxes ??

Stupid Crook County,IL Taxwrinkle ,Commissioners .. equals.......... no one home

6/25/2017 10:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Toni Prickwrinkle=the picture of a healthy human being.....not

6/25/2017 11:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

07:18 hrs. AKA The Keesing Bandit - well stated, sir! Do you know if the tax will include sticky buns from Ann Sathers? Hope you had a festive weekend!

Retired .38 spl +P

6/25/2017 11:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait until the 15 buck and hour crowd figures out they just lost a few hundred more jobs due to people not ordering soft drinks or going out of the county to eat.
I spoke to a guy who works for Coke in the city, they might also have layoffs, and they have good union jobs.

6/25/2017 02:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live on 016. Its a 15 minute drive down Milwaukee Ave to Lake County. That's where I am gonna shop now.

6/25/2017 02:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the issue is "health," then why doesn't Chicago ban pizza parlors that deliver to certain minority neighborhoods plagued by obesity and diabetes. One national chain (with the initials PH) depends on the folks in Englewood and its equivalent in Cleveland, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Baton Rouge. The most popular pie - a large "meat lovers" slathered with garlic butter. Paid for (illegally) with EBT cards. Despite Michelle Obama's efforts, her peeps won't touch arugula. And raising taxes on everyone else won't stop people from eating high calorie foods, not exercising and not getting regular medical checkups.

6/25/2017 03:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seattle should have upped the tax on fudge packed Oreos so it's pedophile mayor would pay his fair share.

6/25/2017 06:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I live on 016. Its a 15 minute drive down Milwaukee Ave to Lake County. That's where I am gonna shop now.

6/25/2017 02:02:00 PM

I hear Ya....Walmart in Hammond is under 15 miles from Mt Greenwood. I've shopped there before and its nice. I feel sorry for the local business but since Im there for soda and water might as well stock up.

6/25/2017 07:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Kurt said...

I enjoy soda and think this tax is ridiculous. It is clear that the true purpose of this tax is to raise money to give to the pension program for overpaid state employees!

What really irritates me is that the people on food stamps/LINK cards are not subject to the tax. 1/6 of the people in Cook County have LINK cards, which seems completely outrageous as there is no way that 1/6 of the people in Cook County would be starving to death without them. However, if those people actually were subject to the tax, I bet that they would be outraged and perhaps they would think about that the next time they vote. Unfortunately since they are not subject to the tax, it really is not a concern of theirs, so they will continue to vote straight-party Democrat while the productive taxpaying members of society continue to get the shaft in Cook County.

I will simply stop drinking soda in Cook County and they won't get any tax revenue from me until this draconian law is repealed in a year or two. I will stick to drinking Crystal Light or Bai to get my caffeine fix for now.

6/25/2017 09:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
You got the county government you voted for. Whats the problem? You voted them in democrats now live with your own stupidity.

6/25/2017 08:29:00 AM

I got tired of holding my nose and voting for the lesser evil, and no to all judges! It was like pissing in the wind, not a good outcome.
We registered as Republicans and found that the results of the elections were the same but we were spending less time in the polling place.
I liked the strange looks we got from the poll workers when we ask for a Republican ballot, and the thanks from the vote counters we get after leaving the place...
We no longer get those alien looks in our Republican suburb. The few democrats get them now!

6/26/2017 08:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today, my 69 ounce liter of Coca-Cola is 99 cent.
If I purchase it on Friday, it'll be 99 cents, plus and additional 69 cent (?), plus a 10 % sales tax plus 7 cent for a plastic bag?
I can't even comprehend the total!

6/28/2017 06:11:00 PM  

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