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Seattle Needs Some Sence Knocked Into It

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by --zeSto--, Oct 1, 2003.

  1. --zeSto--

    --zeSto-- Veteran Member

    Joined: Jul 12, 2000 Messages: 6,979 Likes Received: 2
    Yes.... I get my news from The Daily Show

    SEATTLE, Sept. 17 — After voters in this caffeine capital rejected a
    proposed 10-cent tax on espresso drinks, cafe owners celebrated with
    beer, wine and — what else? — lattes. With 97 percent of precincts
    reporting early Wednesday, 69 percent of voters opposed the tax. The
    initiative served a jolt of controversy to an otherwise sleepy off-year primary election.

    ok.. sounds like a normal bunch of people protesting a tax that would affect them... right?


    THE TAX would have tapped the lifeblood of a city where fancy espresso
    drinks are sold on nearly every street corner and where Starbucks and
    a generation of upscale coffee shops were born.

    “You can’t tax coffee. It just doesn’t work,” said the owner of Zoka
    Coffee and Roasters, Jeff Babcock, as he celebrated the victory at a
    downtown espresso store.

    The measure would have taxed espresso drinks a dime per cup, with
    the revenue going to fund preschool and day-care programs.
    The tax would have been levied on any drink with half an ounce or
    more of espresso.

    Initiative sponsor John Burbank said people who spend $3 to $5 on
    coconut mochas or iced vanilla lattes could afford an extra dime for
    kids. “It’s a disappointing vote,” he said.

    ^ My Issue!

    You yuppies cant drop an extra dime to support poor children
    who dont get the breaks that you did? And you know what really kills me....

    Coffee shop owners, including Seattle-based Starbucks, fought the tax.

    ^ It's TAX money... it wouldn't cut into your profits!

    Proponents of the law said it would raise at least $6.5 million a year,
    while a more conservative City Council estimate said the revenue
    would likely have topped out at $3.5 million annually.

    The tax money would have paid for local preschool programs
    modeled on Head Start, grants to help poor families pay for child care,
    and raises for child-care workers with advanced training. Many of these
    programs are hurting for money after several rounds of budget cuts.

    Seems like a good plan to me.
    And anyone who claims a non-fat latte with a cocconut twist is a necessity deserves a good smack on the back of the head.
  2. beardo

    beardo Guest

    chances of the tax revinue actually going to preschool & daycare

  3. --zeSto--

    --zeSto-- Veteran Member

    Joined: Jul 12, 2000 Messages: 6,979 Likes Received: 2
    Well that would suck.

    I think all the coffee shops should have offered
    to have a donations box for the children on every counter.
    That might actually make a difference.
  4. !@#$%

    [email protected]#$% Moderator Crew

    Joined: Oct 1, 2002 Messages: 18,517 Likes Received: 622
    welcome to capitalism

    we don't give a shit about children

  5. Weapon X

    Weapon X 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Sep 6, 2002 Messages: 14,905 Likes Received: 202
    I hear you. I’ve been getting my news from the Daily Show for a couple of years now.
  6. pirate

    pirate Member

    Joined: Jun 1, 2003 Messages: 924 Likes Received: 1

    put laxitive in the cofee and charge 50 cents to use the bathroom. . . profits going to the kids.
  7. kemekill

    kemekill Member

    Joined: Feb 6, 2003 Messages: 419 Likes Received: 0
    That's what I'm saying...just cuz they spend money on shit doesn't exactly justify this tax, so naturally there will be opposition. Why not tax ass dildo's in San Fran???

    I would oppose the tax, but later that day I might give that change to a bum, or the donation thing at Taco Bell.
  8. king kong

    king kong Banned

    Joined: Jul 24, 2003 Messages: 2,292 Likes Received: 0
    yeah i agree
  9. fr8lover

    fr8lover Elite Member

    Joined: Oct 22, 2000 Messages: 3,919 Likes Received: 1
    jeez. 10 cents...

    nobody gets too up in arms when cigarette prices go up or gas prices raise a cent or two, but a dime for education creates a "jolt of controversy?"
  10. --zeSto--

    --zeSto-- Veteran Member

    Joined: Jul 12, 2000 Messages: 6,979 Likes Received: 2
    so did anyone else see the daily show's report on this?

    'Who are the real losers in this?'
    'The real losers are those pretentious people who sit in coffee houses all day'

    and the price of 2 machiato latte's and a glazed almond scone
    will rise from $18.70 to $18.90..... outrageous!
  11. hahahaha

    hahahaha Banned

    Joined: Oct 1, 2003 Messages: 901 Likes Received: 4
  12. type R

    type R Senior Member

    Joined: Sep 23, 2001 Messages: 2,456 Likes Received: 1
    i sure as hell dont...i cant afford to drink that shit anyway.