Chicago imposed a $0.01 per Oz tax on sodas and sugary drinks.
It was supposed to encourage healthy living.
Of course Chicago would focus on something like that and not its homicide rate. The leading cause of death of young men in Chicago is not high fructose corn syrup but high velocity lead.
After much backlash, Chicago is now repealing the tax realizing that it hurts working class people and the poor the hardest.
This is great news. Bloomberg’s grip is slipping. If he can’t win on a sugar tax in one of America’s most progressive cities, he can’t win on even more contentious issues elsewhere.
He’s overextended his grasp. People are no longer willing to put up with his overbearing nannying.
Maybe he’ll learn his lesson and just retire, but I don’t think his personality will let him.
I’m happy to watch the man bankrupt himself tiling at political windmills, fighting the not-good fight to remove all joy, happiness, and personal responsibility from people.