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Obama's Proposed Tax on Soda

Original post made by Rob Smithson on May 12, 2009

How do you feel about Obama, an admitted smoker of both tobacco and marijauna, proposing a 7 cents per can "health tax" on soda pop?

Comments (53)

Posted by Tu Hung Lo, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 12, 2009 at 8:39 am

Its getting to the point that nothing that the left-wing loons want to do surprises me anymore, including the Food Nazis. They believe they should tax and control you in every aspect of you life, while they set themselves up as the Imperial Ruling Class. The next thing the will put on is a Crap Tax, so they can tax you every time you take a dump.

Posted by Pete, a resident of Downtown
on May 12, 2009 at 8:48 am

The guy speaks well with a teleprompter but other than that he is an american hating socialist. Yesterday the White House starting talking about a wealth tax. This is a tax whereby they could tax retired peoples savings. Now how would you like that as you work all of your life save maybe $100,000 to live on and not only do they tax the interest income but they take 10% per year.

This guy has got to go.

Posted by American, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 12, 2009 at 8:53 am

Sweet! More welfare and government aid for the rest of us!

Obama is a real-life Robinhood! Long Live Obama! Long Live Boxer!

Posted by Charlie, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 12, 2009 at 3:20 pm

seriously, you're complaining about a soda tax?? How much soda do you people drink? You do know that soda is a major factor in obesity. So if you have a problem with this, would you approve of just legalizing marijuana and taxing the hell out of it? Or is that just too much "government control". I'm just trying to understand your complaints here.

Posted by Fred, a resident of Del Prado
on May 12, 2009 at 4:43 pm

Now Charlie do you believe that if you legalize marijuana that it will become legal and stores will open up and people will be willing to pay twice as much for it as they do currently? Give me a break as it will just create more government jobs manning these pots stores when they become unviable because of lack of business.

Posted by Anonymous, a resident of Amador Valley High School
on May 12, 2009 at 6:12 pm

Terrible idea. I really wouldn't be surprised if Obama pushed this through Congress, though. The American Revolution was over Stamp and Sugar taxes. Are we seriously going to resort back to medieval ways for the government to take our money? Thanks for all this "Change", Obama.

Posted by Sue De pop, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 12, 2009 at 6:53 pm

I drink Coke and Pepsi and root beer often. As a matter of fact I have a soda collection. In the past I drank alcohol, smoked...vices. I've always favored taxes on these things. Not an income tax, not a gas tax, interest tax. I think vice like expenses that have results that costs the state money, should be taxed to the amount, and only to the amount, to pay for the expenses of there outcomes. Unfortunately alcoholism, lung disease, and obesity are huge drains on our government and increase our personal insurance costs. To follow with the same logic we have to pay gas tax, etc, and we already do. The problem lay in the machinery of where the money goes, thus the amount needed. This means following the money, cutting costs where there are bloated incomes. Improved efficiency, and improving, not maintaining, our current quality of tax dollars will reduce the amount we have to pay and insure our belief that we pay justly. When's this going to happen?

Posted by frank, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on May 12, 2009 at 7:10 pm

Wars rage in Iraq and Afghanistan. Thousands die. Pakistan, a nuclear power, threatens to fall to the Taliban. The deepest recession since the Great Depression is in full swing. 8.9 percent are unemployed nationally, and well over 11 percent are unemployed in the Bay Area. The wealth of an average family has been reduced at least 50 percent. Retirements have been postponed. Wages have been frozen, employer retirement contributions reduced or frozen, employee health insurance contributions increased, and future layoffs are in the offing. 46 million Americans have no health insurance at all, and others with individual plans pay astronomical premiums. Especially those in the 50-65 year old bracket. Job come-back may never happen in our lifetimes.

And guess what? A Castlewood-tonian anguishes over a proposed soda "pop" tax!!!! Incredible... are these right-wing ideologues, led by Rush Limbaugh, the only remaining leader of the Republican party, living in the real world? Apparently not!

Posted by Wendy, a resident of Vineyard Hills
on May 12, 2009 at 7:51 pm

Rob Smithson,

Thanks for the Sean Hannity style attack on Obama. Try not to OD on all the Fox News and AM Radio you're watching.

You nailed it Frank. It's really amazing to see the petty right-wing whinning over a "soda tax" in the midst of the incredible challenges this country faces. It is really the product of a frustrated group of people that blindly follow a Republican party that is going downhill and becoming irrelevant. Conservatives and Republicans are bankrupt of ideas and have turned their lonely heads to Rush Limbaugh for support and guidance. Pathetic indeed. The only thing left for them to do is make trivial attracts over "soda taxes". They are out of power so they have plenty of time for Tea Parties and Obama smearing. I encourage them to move from Pleasanton to Texas, Alabama, or some other "red state" hellhole so they can be with their brethren and vote in Joe the Plumber as their president.

Posted by Marcus T, a resident of Downtown
on May 12, 2009 at 8:10 pm

Gotta love right-wing smear.

"I gotta have my soda boy! Drinking soda, getting diabetes, getting fat, and driving a huge SUV are my God given right! The Bible says "thou shall drink soda and vote for GW Bush"

Posted by Bobby, a resident of Del Prado
on May 12, 2009 at 8:32 pm

Obama sucks and all of the things above he is causing. I thought he was going to bring the troops home in Afganistan on day one..........oops! He is expanding it. He was going to add or save 5,000,000 jobs oops we have lost 6,000,000, gonna balance the budget oops going to have a deficit of over a trillion every year for the next 20 oops, recession will end this summer..........oops! congressional budget office says no turn around in the near future. The real sad part of it is that I voted for the idiot because I was tired of Bushy boy and wanted change now it looks like I sold my soul to the devil!!! Where is Hillary?

Posted by Anonymous, a resident of Ruby Hill
on May 12, 2009 at 10:13 pm

It really isn't the government's place to decide what goods are and aren't considered a vice. No singular good is worth taxing more than another, and, to be frank, it discriminates against businesses by taxing one industry over another. This will just lead to more favoritism in certain industries (cough cough, automaker bailout, cough cough) and will favor the highest-paying interest groups rather than actually benefitting America. I am incredibly disappointed in this administration, and cannot wait until 2012 and we can vote Obama out of office.

Posted by Jane, a resident of Del Prado
on May 13, 2009 at 8:29 am

Hey Right-wingers, get a life! Obama is going a great job and most of the country seems to agree. Just look at his approval ratings. Most of the comments here are way off base and I can sense a lot of bitter people who can't get over the fact a Democrat is in charge. You people need to stop watching so Much Fox News.

Posted by David, a resident of Downtown
on May 13, 2009 at 8:34 am

Long live Obama! The Democrats are in control, so go cry to your mommies Republicans. It scares me that so many Rush Limbaugh loving tools live in this town. They should form their own redneck nation.

Posted by SteveP, a resident of Parkside
on May 13, 2009 at 8:34 am

SteveP is a registered user.

Frank, Wendy and all of the other Obamaniacs posting here: How good will your Obama Kool-Aid taste when you can't afford sugar?
You people are really hard to tolerate the way you casually throw away other people's money and attempt to control their lives by restricting their freedoms. All hail comrade Osama.......

Posted by Jake, a resident of Birdland
on May 13, 2009 at 8:41 am

This is the the perfect example of right-wing fear tactics by Republicans who are out of power. "They'll take our soda and our guns, get the pitchforks!" They are so out of touch you almost have to feel sorry for them.

Posted by Michele, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 13, 2009 at 8:43 am

Steve P: The face of ignorance & hate....

"Osama" Please - keep trying because this reference is old and worn out already - again, stop with FOX news and Michael "Wiener" Savage (I'd probably be full of hate if that was my name, so I don't blame him too much).... Using "Kool Aid" to refer to Obama is not only ignorant, but racist & stereotypical. At least call him redneck too, since his WHITE mother & grandparents are from Kansas. Please people - get over it already.

Posted by Marcus T, a resident of Downtown
on May 13, 2009 at 8:50 am

Hey Republicans, the South just called, it thinks you should move down there because that is the only place you hold any real power. You can drink soda there, get fat, drive Ford F-350s, and vote in Ted Nugent as your new leader.

Posted by Michael, a resident of Danbury Park
on May 13, 2009 at 8:54 am


First off I want to say that I have not horse in this race and did not vote and cannot vote as I gave that right away in my younger years. That said regardless of what your political leanings are one must be concerned with the direction or maybe better said the lack of direction the country is going in. Specifically there is a general divide in the country between democrat and republican but more so in term so morality and the views each hold personally dear. I believe all would agree that we have not had a true leader since Ronald Reagan. Clinton could have been that guy had it not been for his exhibited human weakness.

Bush II came into office with high hopes and within a few months best laid plans were set aside because of 911 and the next 8 years were spent with his and our time devoted to waging war and figuring out how to fund that war, credability over the WMD's, got europe all bent out of shape, irked the UN, made a divide in the country larger. Democrats came into power in the house an senate and all real governing came to a halt because of bickering. Bush left office with an legasy which is confused and consistent but on one issue it is clear. He is either loved or hated with few in between. Next came the remarkable victory of Obama over Hillary. This was the real race because quite honestly McCain was just a throw in by the republicans because he had no chance to win. Obama wins and now instead of change we can believe in we are getting spending out of control, low consumer spending, high unemployment, low tax revenue, terrible morale in the CIA and our military, and off the charts high taxation on the county, state, and federal level. This is a real recipe for failure and the rest of the world is just snickering at us. So regardless if you want to call the left a bunch of uneducated low lifes, or wackos or tree hugging homosexuals or if you want to refer to the repubs as a bunch of right wing haters as americans we are in very deep trouble and it is showing significant signs of getting worse and in a hurry so we better wake up before it is to late unless it already is.

Posted by Dale, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on May 13, 2009 at 8:55 am

Hello tri valley, I'm not appealing to the right or the left, it's obvious that Wendy, Jane & Dave will always think Obama can walks on water and Bobby thinks Obama is way off track, but it is only us independences, that can see what is really happing. It's not about Soda it's about more taxes. Why give bail out to the wealthiest people in the county? Where do you think the current administration is going to get the finances for 2010 & 2012 elections? The wealthy. Now for the votes and the stimulus package, all Social Security beneficiaries just received $250.00, Obama said that over 50% of the house holds are going to get a tax cut and people that do not pay taxes are going to receive a check. It seems very clear to me. They are funding their campaign from the rich and buying votes from the poor. Wake up America.

Posted by Ken in South Pleasanton, a resident of Downtown
on May 13, 2009 at 8:55 am

I think this is a great idea! We should tax everything that could possibly be harmful to our health or the health of those around us. Salt should be next. Then saturated (or unsaturated) fats...I can never keep that one straight so maybe we should tax both of them. Fast food is an easy target. What's an extra 10 cents on one of those beef bombs as you tear down the highway to your next meeting. Farts is another excellent target. Not only would we generate income for international flatulence research but we could even solve global warming. This could easily be monitored by having men carry a small fart detector card in their wallet (we all know that women don't fart). On the other hand, maybe this isn't such a good idea. It smacks of gender discrimination. And thanks to Michele for reminding me about Kool Aid...definitely want to tax that! My friends and neighbors, President Obama's proposal is a slippery slope that leads to more taxes on everything you do, buy, or think. His proposal exposes the democratic party for what it is...a big tax big spend party that will ruin our nation if allowed to continue. VOTE NO AS MANY TIMES AS LEGAL AND REMOVE THESE PEOPLE FROM OFFICE. LET THEM KNOW WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH AND WON'T TAKE ANY MORE.

Posted by Peter, a resident of Southeast Pleasanton
on May 13, 2009 at 9:06 am

The Republican fear mongering is out of control, not the taxes. Where was all this outrage over taxes under Bush? Exactly which taxes have gone up since Obama took office? Can someone Rush Limbaugh fan please tell me? Remember, Republicans can only survive in a state of fear.

Posted by What's Next?, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 13, 2009 at 9:07 am

Soda Party? Let's dump all the taxed sodas into the Bay!

Posted by 9ers, a resident of Foothill Knolls
on May 13, 2009 at 9:10 am

What's Next,

If you try to throw all the soida in the Bay, all the fat redneck Republicans will jump into the Bay and try to drink it.

Posted by Ken in South Pleasanton, a resident of Downtown
on May 13, 2009 at 9:12 am

Reply to Marcus T re moving to the south
Your suggestion doesn't carry much weight, coming from a member of the party that just put Al Franken in the Senate....and Franken probably had to spend a lot of his campaign funds for the search dogs that 'found' those 'lost' votes.

Posted by Jane, a resident of Del Prado
on May 13, 2009 at 9:15 am

Judging by all the pasty, obese people we saw at the Tea Party, they will be the ones jumping in after the soda.

Posted by Marcus T, a resident of Downtown
on May 13, 2009 at 9:19 am


Love the sour grapes. Franken won baby! Republicans are now an insignificant regional party based in the south. How pathetic! You might as well just quit now, Democrats will be in charge for a long time.

Posted by John, a resident of Country Fair
on May 13, 2009 at 9:21 am

9ers, jane, Marcus,

Please either know your facts or go back to your class because recess is over kids. This website if for people with facts and some level of maturity and education.

Posted by Ken in, a resident of Downtown
on May 13, 2009 at 9:21 am

Reply to Peter re Bush taxes
I was really pi**ed off when President Bush lowered my taxes at the beginning of his administration. I didn't know what to do with the extra $3000 per year that dropped into my pocket as a result of those cuts. @#$!!&&#$ President Bush! I think that President Obama and the democratic party's reluctance to renew, extend, or make permanent the federal estate tax changes put into effect by the Bush administration is a great idea also. Why should my children and their heirs benefit from my work and good planning. The government should get from me at death what they couldn't get from me in life so they can spend...spend...spend...spend...on...something. They'll figure it out. Probably welfare for my children. Right on Peter. We all love paying those high taxes to our efficient government.

Posted by Ken in South Pleasanton, a resident of Downtown
on May 13, 2009 at 9:23 am

Reply to Jane,
Thanks for attending the Tea Party. Your presence was appreciated!

Posted by Ken in South Pleasanton, a resident of Downtown
on May 13, 2009 at 9:29 am

Reply to Marcus re sour grapes
No sour grapes from me Marcus. We Republicans need to take lessons from you Democrats on how to buy votes. You do a great job of it and Franken is just the most recent to benefit from this amazing skill you have developed. I applaud you! I still think President Obama's idea to tax sodas is a bad idea that opens the door to senseless taxation and continued thoughtless spending. Do you realize that President Obama's 'slashing' of the proposed budget to remove one-half of one-percent is equivalent to a family earning $60K per year cutting 83 cents per day from their budget? We need real spending cuts to balance our budget, not just a couple of minutes with a red Sharpie in the oval office.

Posted by Connie, a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on May 13, 2009 at 9:46 am

Ken in South Pleasanton,

I hear Alabama is lovely this time of year, you should move there. If you move there you'll enjoy low taxes, dirt roads, bad schools, GW Bush fans, and make all kinds inbred friends. Its a Republican paradise!

Posted by John, a resident of Country Fair
on May 13, 2009 at 9:48 am


I saw Jane, Connie, and Wendy at the tea party.

Posted by Ken in South Pleasanton, a resident of Downtown
on May 13, 2009 at 9:51 am

Thanks Connie, you must have come from the south to be so familiar with those southern characteristics of which you speak.

Posted by jason, a resident of Dublin
on May 13, 2009 at 10:17 am


God forbid the President of the United State use a teleprompter to give a speech. Regardless if you agree with Obama or not I don't think it's so bad that his comments are thought out. I'd like to see you memorize three to five 15-30 minute speeches per day on different topics. It's amazing what people complain about.

Posted by West Side Observer, a resident of Oak Hill
on May 13, 2009 at 10:35 am

When Socialism turns intolerant, is that Fascism?

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on May 13, 2009 at 10:47 am

Stacey is a registered user.

This is a great topic. A sin tax on soda! How regressive...

If we allow everyone to drink themselves to death on soda, can we pull out of having to pay for their medical care costs too when they're morbidly obese?

Posted by amy, a resident of Del Prado
on May 13, 2009 at 12:05 pm

Look out!

Obama taxes APPLE PIE next!

"Change we can believe in!" ?

Posted by Cathy, a resident of Castlewood
on May 13, 2009 at 12:21 pm

Connie have you ever been to Alabama? I have and really had a wonderful time and was impressed by the friendly people. It's not the uneducated south that some believe.

Posted by Michael, a resident of Livermore
on May 13, 2009 at 12:30 pm

The soda tax is just part of a larger bill where Obama wants to apply significant taxes on cigarettes, alcohol, and soda. I just returned from Canada and you must buy alcohol from a provincial run liquor store where they record you coming and going on camera's. I bought a case of Coors Light and paid $39.95 for the case. Most of it was tax.

Posted by Percy, a resident of Danville
on May 13, 2009 at 2:30 pm

Obama tax increases,

The final financing package is likely to include a mix of tax increases and spending cuts in federal health programs. Among the possibilities are tax increases on alcoholic beverages, tobacco products and sugary soft drinks, and restrictions on other health care-related tax breaks, such as flexible spending accounts.

The only thing worse for left wingers would be a tax on child porn, gay marriage licenses, marijuana, and/or estrogen.

Posted by Dave, a resident of Vineyard Hills
on May 13, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Seeing that I don't drink coffee, Let's tax Starbucks, that where the volume is. Not soda

Posted by D W, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 13, 2009 at 2:47 pm

While we're on the subject of the President and soda, may all Pleasantonians log into and go to their Blog page. There you will find a Tuesday blog featuring photos of Safeway CEO Steve Burd. Apparently, Burd has Obama's ear enough for the White House website folks to add a photo of them talking one-on-one. I'm quite impressed that Obama thinks highly of our main grocer's leading executive.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on May 13, 2009 at 2:55 pm

I bet Safeway sells a lot of kool aid!!!

Posted by Skippy Pombo ( the lost bother), a resident of Valley Trails
on May 13, 2009 at 3:07 pm

Obama and Safeway CEO Steve Burd dominating life in every, way, shape and form! Eat crow Republicans! It must suck being powerless whiners. You can always watch Fox News and drink tons of soda to feel better.

Posted by Connie, a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on May 13, 2009 at 3:09 pm

Republicans = Total Irrelevance

Posted by Frank, a resident of Dublin
on May 13, 2009 at 3:10 pm

Hey there Skippy Pombo,

hey you can almost tell tell the democrats from where they live. Valley Trails nice area............not!

Posted by Winston Smith, a resident of San Ramon
on May 13, 2009 at 3:20 pm

"You do know that soda is a major factor in obesity"

…You do know this web site is a forum for ignorant anonymous rants? – Tax It!

Used to be the FCC was a Poster Child for evil decency standards. Now we are one step away from a "Decency Czar" AKA FDA / EPA. Tipper Gore is a shoe in.

Pot good, Tobacco Bad – Government good, corporate enterprise Bad – Felons are victims of society and victims are merely causalities. The list goes on.

It all sounds like 1984 Doublespeak.

Posted by Daniel, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 13, 2009 at 5:11 pm

WE ALREADY TRIED THIS. Remember the California "Snack Tax"??? It was ushered into law by overzealous legislators trying to socially engineer a healthy society. It was a costly implementation nightmare for retailers. These costs were passed down to consumers and the resulting rising food prices angered many. We repealed this ill conceived tax - and BANNED the legislature from further taxation of any type of food and drink - by passing Prop 163. The problem of obesity isn't due to drinking soda - it's due to overconsumption of calories and lack of excercise. Taxing soda won't do a darn thing for solving this problem and will only complicate the tax code further.

Posted by jmz, a resident of Livermore
on May 14, 2009 at 12:29 am

Cut DoDs budget by c.a. 1% and there would be enough capital to purchase on the order of 500M cans of soda using our existing tax dollars. Distribute those 500M cans of soda to Iran, NW Pakistan, an N Korea and observe what happens.
The point is we can be much more efficient with our existing tax dollars. Obama knows this, so obviously this tax on soda play is nothing more than a slide toward more social engineering, which smacks against our capitalist heritage. How far will you allow your state and Fed. Reps. go before you decide to toss them back into the street?


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Birdland
on May 14, 2009 at 4:13 pm

I think it's fair to keep paying taxes. Before I retired, I paid tons of taxes. Shut up and pay up!



Posted by Carolina, a resident of Dublin
on May 14, 2009 at 8:07 pm

I just happened across this board and i am stunned at some of the comments asking why someone is upset over the soda tax...

Ok listen is the straw you see....Big O is taxing us into poverty in such a short time and more to come....Tax and spend same old lib agenda...some of you never learn.....Dems are useless and only care about better watch out we are on a very dangerous course....all tax until they are keeping what we all earn and handing us back an allowance...Hummm sound familiar...China I believe comes to mind...Wake up America you made a MAJOR MISTAKE ELECTING THIS PIN HEAD !!!!

Posted by Carolina, a resident of Dublin
on May 14, 2009 at 8:12 pm

Quoting.."You do know that soda contributes to obesity" end of quote....

You do know that open mouth sitting on A** causes it too..Right ????

Are we going to have an A** tax too??

Boy the dems trademark Donkey is so befitting...They are A**es making A**se out of us....


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