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Philadelphia’s Soda Tax Hurt Everyone Except Politicians

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Academics call this “public choice,” while ordinary people realize it’s just common sense.

By Daniel Mitchell                            @fee.org

I’ve periodically opined about why politicians should not try to control people’s behavior with discriminatory taxes, such as the ones being imposed on soda.

And I’ve cited some examples of how these taxes backfire:

If the following headlines are any indication, we can add Philadelphia to that list.

For instance, this story from the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Or this story from the local CBS affiliate:

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