The Progressive machine takes a big hit in Cook Country, Illinois

Yesterday, something extraordinary happened: a progressive racket just got busted in a place notorious for one-party, corrupt, and highly taxed Democrat governance.  As you may have heard, the Board of Cook County, Illinois repealed its penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages, by a vote of 15 to 2, after passing it last July. This isn't just about people who guzzle Coke and Pepsi; it is about the progressive racket that follows a battle plan aimed at the state controlling more and more aspects of citizens' lives, while it consumes more and more of their income.  Here, in essence, is the recipe that progs have used to grab power over the rest of us: 1. Declare a problem that urgently needs to be solved.  In the soda tax case, the problem is the "obesity epidemic" (an expression that invokes a public health rationale for exerting extraordinary controls that otherwise would be unconstitutional – think quarantining, for...(Read Full Post)