I support a local entity having the right to levy taxes in support of the operation of its municipal services.
The City Of Philadelphia passed the 'Soda Tax' recently as a new source of revenue and as a 'sin tax' to 'punish' the damaging effects of sugary drinks upon the waistlines of children.
In the run up to the legislation the "Soda Industry" opposed the tax, arguing that individual shoppers will start purchasing their soda outside of Philly and bring them home in the name of 'Tax Avoidance".
"Temple University" and other fixed institutions do not have the option of purchasing their soda syrup from an outside source and consuming it within the city limits at its cafeterias.
Temple estimated that they will pay $400,000 extra for the 'Soda Tax' as an institution.
Today they announced that they would pass these expenses along to the students with meal plans. To the tune of $140 each.
The old saying "CORPORATIONS DO NOT PAY TAXES - PEOPLE DO" appears to be true in this instance.
For those who desire to "Tax The Wealthy Corporations" assume that they are sitting on a bank load of money and that they will be able to absorb the hit in the name of "Redistributive Justice" miss the fact that these entities must practice good fiscal governance and need certain reserve funds to ensure stable operations.
The point that most of the combatants (left and right) miss is that a MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT and a CHARTERED SCHOOL SYSTEM are "State Created Entities". In both cases the state government offered the franchisee the right to raise local taxes in order to carry out the services that are provisioned by the state constitution.
There is no doubt that certain pockets of certain states do not have the economic infrastructure to raise local taxes and should receive state assistance to help them meet a certain minimum revenue standard. The debate is about the LEVEL of this minimum.
The flaw in the gang war fight over "Maximizing The State Minimum" in the name of "Fairness" and "Equality" is that it necessarily overlooks the ORIGINAL CHARTER FRANCHISE AGREEMENT that was signed in the past by local leaders who believed that THEY COULD PROVIDE BETTER SERVICES TO THEIR CONSTITUENTS if they were allowed a CHARTER FOR LOCAL GOVERNANCE and TAXATION RIGHTS.
Today we have a spirit of "GIVE US OUR MONEY AND MIND YOUR DAMNED BUSINESS" as the rhetoric of "Voting Rights" (The RIGHT to choose our own government representatives) is used to brush back attempts at STATE GOVERNMENT REGULATION of their state constitutionally franchised functions.
THE BLACK HUMAN RESOURCE IS A TOOL TO BE USED
This is where the "Black Civil Rights Confidence Men" prove FRAUDULENT.
When the PEOPLE give these leaders a choice they will buy into the "POLITICAL ENEMY IS ATTEMPTING TO REMOVE US FROM POWER" meme - and turn school performance into a "GIVE US THE MONEY" redirection - OVER any acknowledgement - as evidenced by the exodus of "The Black Flight Progressives" from these systems that THERE ARE PROBLEMS that go beyond MERE 'PROGRESSIVE REDISTRIBUTIONIST FISCAL THEORY'.
The new drive for PARTY GERRYMANDERING - in the context of this story: FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE DEMOCRATS will further expose the truth to all who are "WOKE": Your Black Confidence Man Leadership DO NOT GIVE A DAMN ABOUT YOUR 'BLACK ASS'. YOU are a RESOURCE to be USED to achieve their IDEOLOGICAL LUST FOR POWER.
The very same people who protect their "Base" at the racial level, complaining about GENTRIFICATION and the TAKING OF "BLACK LAND AND PROPERTY" - are now plotting to SPLIT UP YOUR NEIGHBORHOODS in order to UNPACK CONCENTRATED DEMOCRATIC DISTRICTS so that the newly drawn districts grab up enough of the White Republican ring cities to make favorable conditions for the PROGRESSIVE FUNDAMENTALIST VICTORY.
They are confident that their BLACK 'REVENGE-FILLED' BASE hates the WHITE RIGHT WING POLITICAL ENEMY more than they CARE that the promises made for a BETTER LIFE 40 years ago (education, economics, public safety and justice) that have NOT BEEN BROUGHT TO FRUITION can be:
- BLAMED ON SLAVERY / JIM CROW
- Can Be Enumerated As The "Cost Of Right Wing Public Policy"
- And a FORBEARANCE Can Be Granted As MORE BLACK VALUABLES Are Invested In The Next Wave Of PROGRESSIVE COMBAT.
CAN ANYONE CLAIM THAT THE MASS STRUGGLE THAT 'THE PHILADELPHIA NEGRO' WAS MADE TO ENGAGE IN - BY WHICH PROGRESSIVE CONTROL OVER THE CITY WOULD BE EXPRESSED AS THE ADVANCEMENT OF 'BLACK PERMANENT INTERESTS'?
- A Bond To Rebuild Recreation Centers
- 25 "Community In Schools" (full service Social Justice centers)
- An Investment Into The PHILADELPHIA PENSION SYSTEM Which Has A $5.7 Billion Deficit
- Green Infrastructure Improvements