Thursday, February 23, 2017

Nancy Pelosi showing signs of mental breakdown

Has Trump Derangement Syndrome affected the ability of Nancy Pelosi to perform normal life functions (for a politician)?  Or is age finally taking its toll on her?  Or have the laws of karma struck back at the party that claims that the 25th Amendment could be used to force President Trump out of office for "mental incapacity"?
It is hard to say, but yesterday, Rep. Pelosi appeared to suffer a form of mental breakdown while speaking to a leftist support group, repeating words, choosing the incorrect word, and claiming that John Kasich is the Governor of Illinois.
Kyle Olsen of The American Mirror spotted the signs of a breakdown, and edited a video featuring them, in Pelosi's address to Families USA, a left-wing group.

Pelosi began by thanking the person who introduced her for his "recanting of what happened at the time" Democrats and activist groups rammed through Obamacare.
She recalled telling her fellow Democrats that the Affordable Care Act was going to be a major achievement for government programs, and "stand there with Social Security and Medicare and Medicare," apparently meaning to say "Medicaid."
The Democratic Party is run by a gerontocracy, with septuagenarian Sanders taking over the party apparatus at the country level and Chuck Schumer the baby of the leadership at 66 years of age.
While age sometimes brings wisdom, there are other dangers in letting your leadership fall to frail people.  President Trump, 70 years old, works longer hours and has mental vigor aplenty.  The same cannot be said for Pelosi, an accident waiting to happen.


Soros-Linked Former Clinton Staffer Behind 'Organized' Townhall Protests

She's like a Hemorrhoid. she just won't go away 

Confirming the suspicions of Republican Chair of the House Committee on Oversight, Jason Chaffetz's comments last week, that protesters were an organized mob, FreeBeacon reports show that a group founded by a former Hillary Clinton campaign staffer is behind 'The Townhall Project' and its parent company is located at the same address as an organization funded by liberal billionaire George Soros.
As a reminder, two weeks ago we observed that according to Chaffetz, town-hall protests are far from spontaneous, organic events, and were in fact carefully orchestrated events, which saw protesters "bused" in from afar:
Chaffetz shot back, and told KSL that the raucous reception he received at Thursday evening's town hall meeting was "bullying and an attempt at intimidation" from a crowd opposed to President Donald Trump's election. More importantly, the republican accused paid interests (here the name of George Soros has been heard frequently in recent months) of orchestrating the rising protests and violence at Republican townhalls. Chaffets said the crowd that filled the auditorium at Brighton High School in Cottonwood Heights and spilled over into a protest outside, included people brought in from other states to disrupt the meeting.

"Absolutely. I know there were," he said, suggesting it was "more of a paid attempt to bully and intimidate" than a reflection of the feelings of his 3rd District constituents.

"You could see it online a couple days before, a concerted effort in part to just cause chaos," the Utah Republican said Friday.

"Democrats are in disbelief that they have nothing but flailing and screaming to deal with this."
Democrats have insisted that recent town hall outbursts against Republican politicians occurred organically, likening them to the Tea Party.
President Donald Trump yesterday tweeted that the "so-called angry crowds in home districts of some Republicans are actually, in numerous occasions, planned out by liberal activists. Sad!"
It is now clear that Trump is correct and this so-called 'Townhall Project' is organized and centralized, not organic...
FreeBeacon's Joe Schoffstall reports that a group serving as a central hub of information for congressional town halls was founded by a former Hillary Clinton campaign staffer and its parent company is located at the same address as an organization funded by liberal billionaire George Soros.
The Town Hall Project, a group that serves as a one-stop shop of information for town hall protests across the country, is connected to a former Clinton staffer and is also closely affiliated with a number of liberal groups.
The group, which has been referenced by media outlets on numerous occasions, bills itself as a "volunteer-powered, grassroots effort that empowers constituents across the country to have face-to-face conversations with their elected representatives."
Jimmy Dahman, a former field organizer for the Clinton campaign in Iowa, founded the Town Hall Project. Dahman claimed on CNN that the town hall events are "all organic and happening at the grassroots level."
Dahman's group is closely involved with MoveOn.org, a major progressive activist group that recently launched a website, called ResistanceRecess.com, to encourage activists to attend town hall events.
The Town Hall Project's parent company is The Action Network, which was involved in demonstrations against Walmart and the protests in Ferguson.
Finally, we note the projects potential links to billionaire George Soros...


Five festering problems the Democrats cynically ignore

Our national media have a knack for missing important trends.  They are focused on what is seen as general confusion and a lack factual fidelity in the Trump administration.  The media miss entirely the contrast in adult responsible behavior by Republicans and the increasingly irresponsible Democrats.  Republicans at all levels of government are trying to solve America's problems.  Democrats are, at best, indifferent; it requires only a sliver of cynicism to conclude that very liberal Democrats are actually working to make our problems worse.
Here's a review of five of our most pressing problems.  If I'm missing some good works from the Democrats, I'd love to hear about them.
1. Bankruptcy of Social Security and Medicare.  Left uncorrected, the financial weakness of these programs either will result in default on their obligations or will drive our country into bankruptcy.  
From George W. Bush to Paul Ryan, Republicans have weathered a constant barrage of liberal obstruction and ridicule for their efforts to reform both programs.  Meanwhile, Democrats offer nothing.  Really let that sink in.  They offer nothing.
That's not quite true.  Obama's budgets contained ever increasing budget cuts to Medicare, which would bring us dangerously close to a default of its obligations. 
2. Obamacare.  From its inception, critics argued that the Affordable Care Act was actuarially unsound.  They were right.  There's no doubt that a few people benefit from the program, but only at the expense of many other people.  There is even less doubt that the program cannot continue.  It has reached the predicted death spiral.  Obamacare must be undone before it causes irreparable damage to our health care delivery system.    
Republicans were elected to repeal and replace Obamacare.  The Democrat position is a modern version of "mend it; don't end it."  Here's the catch: there are no Democratic Party proposals to mend their creation.
Liberals are completely hands off.  They offer no help with the mess the ACA created, but they say if Republicans try to fix the problem, then Republicans own whatever problems ensue.  It's difficult to put the breadth and depth of this irresponsibility into words.  Happily, we have Michael Ramirez to express it artistically.
3. Race relations and the police.  In 2016, Harvard economics professor Dr. Roland Fryer, Jr. studied 1,000 police shootings across the country and reached what he described as the most surprising result of his career.  When it comes to police use of lethal force, there is no racial bias.
That's no surprise to people aware of the many studies that show police more reluctant to shoot blacks than whites for fear of appearing prejudiced. 
These studies are well known and well understood.  Nevertheless, liberals of both races encourage the Black Lives Matter movement.  Democrats have a thing for mindless movements, but this one is particularly unprincipled.  It is impossible to overstate the harm BLM causes.  It perpetuates the myth that police are hunting down African-Americans, and it deeply alienates everyone else.  Everyone who isn't a liberal resents being caught in a pointless protest-caused traffic jam or having a restaurant meal disrupted.  Even seeing this behavior on the news is jarring for most of us.
Jon Gabriel's classic tweet sums it up. "My favorite part about the Obama era is all the racial healing."  
Dr. Fryer's study did reveal a problem.  African-Americans are much more likely to be treated roughly by the police.  They are more likely to be pushed around and more likely to be handcuffed.  That's a problem that justifies civil protests. 
But those of us on the right want to know why the protests are directed against us, or against the country as a whole.  Invariably the police in question work for local governments.  They work for cities and countries which are, with perhaps two exceptions, run by Democrats.  Democrats own this problem.  They offer no solution, and they shift blame to the rest of us.  That's a step beyond indifference.
But wait: there's more.  Democrats aggravate community-police relations by turning police departments into profit centers.  The case study here is Ferguson, Mo.  It's good to note that Ferguson is a black-majority city.  No Republicans are involved as the city forces its police to step up the issuance of fines levied on its own mostly black citizens.  The citations and fines are for all manner of minor violations, often of traffic and parking.  The goal is to increase the flow of revenue to the city.  This pattern is repeated in Democrat-run governments all across the country.  The sense of unfairness this creates in black citizens is both real and justified.  Call me cynical, but in my judgment, this is a giant leap beyond indifference.  
Why are local Democrats so revenue-obsessed?  Here's point four.
4. Underfunded pension plans in Democrat-controlled state and local governments.  Presidents Calvin Coolidge and Franklin Roosevelt had little in common, but they agreed on one thing: public employee labor unions are a corruption of the democratic process.  
Unions were created to balance the power of workers against large and presumably heartless employers.  In this case, we are the employers, and the deck is stacked against us.  Our elected representatives often depend on the contributions of both money and time from government employees.  Typically, the union is negotiating with itself.
The results are wage settlements higher than for comparable jobs in the private sector.  If the taxpayers in blue areas want to overpay their public servants, that's none of my concern.  It becomes all our concern when excessive retirement programs are put in place which cannot possibly be paid for.  Some large entities as the City of Chicago/Cook County and the State of California could go belly-up.  Governments could try not paying all the benefits they've promised, but that may not be legally viable.  Some retirement plans are written such that once payments begin, they cannot be stopped or altered. 
The indifference of Democratic politicians to this time bomb springs from a childlike faith that the rest of us will bail them out.  That will not happen.  The sooner Democrats are made to understand that no locality is too big to fail, the sooner this irresponsible practice ends.  
5. The connection between illegal immigration and California's electoral power.  California declared itself a sanctuary state and now houses a quarter of the nation's illegal immigrants.  The elected officials at all levels of that state government will openly defy any attempts to enforce existing federal law that could reduce the number of illegal immigrants.  The massive presence of illegals distorts our representative system.  
There are at least 4 million illegals in California.  It requires a special liberal variety of naïveté to believe that none of them votes.  Even if none does, they are all counted in the census, which determines congressional representation and some federal funding allocations.  If only citizens were counted, California would have five fewer congressional seats and electoral votes.  Those seats would go to, for example, Ohio (2), Michigan, and Pennsylvania.  The Democrats who've declared California a sanctuary state know exactly what they are doing.  
They are indifferent to federal law, but it requires no cynicism at all to see they are actively, knowingly, benefiting themselves by doing harm to the Republic. 
Examples of this sort of behavior run on without end.  They reflect an attitude I am no longer willing to overlook.  We have one responsible adult party, and we have the Democrats.  The Democrats cast most of their acts as being "for the children."  I now know which children they're talking about.




Social Security paid a billion dollars to people with no SS numbers

Here's a tale of government waste involving all the usual suspects: incompetence, indifference, and laziness.
The inspector general for the Social Security Administration discovered that a billion dollars in benefits was paid to people who had no Social Security numbers.  The benefits were paid to "representative payees" – people who were accepting benefit checks on behalf of another because the beneficiary was unable to manage his Social Security payments by himself.
Seventeen percent of these representative payees were illegal aliens, according to the audit.
Over the last decade, the agency paid $1 billion to 22,426 representative payees who "did not have an SSN, and SSA had not followed its policy to retain the paper application."
"Furthermore, unless it takes corrective action, we estimate SSA will pay about $182.5 million in benefits, annually, to representative payees who do not have an SSN or paper application supporting their selection," the inspector general said.
The inspector general also found the agency paid $853.1 million in benefits since 2004 to individuals who had been terminated as representative payees by the agency.
The inspector general said the errors occurred because the agency did not keep paper applications supporting an individual's case to receive benefits on behalf of another and did not update its system if their status was terminated.
Only six percent of representative payees had SSNs that were properly recorded, based on the audit's sample of 100 beneficiaries.
Government benefits are also going to illegal aliens through the representative payee system. 17 percent of representative payees in the sample did not have an SSN recorded because they were undocumented noncitizens, the inspector general said.
Illegal aliens without SSNs are allowed to receive benefits from the government when acting as representatives for their minor children.
In response to the audit, the SSA said it switched to a new Electronic Representative Payee System last year, and transferring representative payee information "may have resulted in applications showing as terminated or not selected."
The government defended the issuance of benefits to noncitizens and persons without an SSN.
"Representative payees play a significant role in many beneficiaries' lives," the SSA said. "We have approximately 5.7 million representative payees managing annual benefits for approximately 8 million beneficiaries. When appointing representative payees, we adhere to guidance in the Social Security Act (the Act)."
"Specific to this audit, the Act permits us to appoint, in certain circumstances, an undocumented alien, or applicant who resides outside the United States without a Social Security number (SSN) to serve as payee," the agency said. "Specifically, the Act states we should verify a person's SSN (or employer identification number) in our investigation of the payee applicant. However, the Act does not state that the applicant must have an SSN to serve as a payee."
The "absence of an SSN is not a criterion preventing an individual from serving as payee," the agency added.
How many of these checks end up in the "representative payee's" bank accounts and not the actual beneficiary's?  How many are completely fraudulent, in that the beneficiary exists only on paper?  It sounds like a perfect scheme to rip off the Social Security system.
I can see where a husband or a son or daughter could act responsibly as a representative payee, and perhaps another relative or close friend.  But the problem is significant enough that verification procedures must be changed to reflect the reality that a hole has developed through which fraudsters can bilk the taxpayer for large amounts of money.
Although the audit doesn't indicate where the fraud is most prevalent, it is logical that the finger of blame is pointing once again at the Social Security disability program – a prime target for fraudsters in the past.  Congress should take another look at this program and either eliminate it or fix it.



Chris Matthews and SPLC Fall for Hoax Even the NYT Says Is a Lie...Again

Fake News or Lies. These Dirtbags don't stop

Chris Matthews and the Goofy Looking Dude from the Southern Poverty Law Center have a point: We do not have any evidence Donald Trump didnot personally knock over 200 headstones in a Jewish graveyard in St. Louis.
But they were sure if Trump did not do it, then some of his supporters did and everyone knows that.
The further from St. Louis you get, the less insane that sounds. Because in St. Louis, large-scale vandalism and criminality is a black thing -- not a political thing. 
The Trump tombstone desecration was just the warmup. Chris and the Goofy Looking Dude said Trump and his ilk have been responsible for gajillions of acts of hatred and violence against everybody except white men, starting the day after the election.
In most newscasts, this is usually the time when they run a video that supports at least a  little bit what they said. This they did not do, at least not at first.
But when they did get around to giving a specific example of this nationwide tsunami of hatred and violence, the Goofy Looking Dude from SPLC reminded Chris how a woman in a hijab in a New York subway was attacked by the Trump acolytes on a mission of hate: “37 percent of the perpetrators, as you said, either named President Trump by saying something like -- you know -- yelling to a woman wearing a hijab ‘you go back to your country, now Donald Trump is President. That kind of thing.’”
Chris nodded in knowing satisfaction.
That was the only specific example the Goofy Looking Dude could come up with. And it was a lie. A fabrication. A hoax.
Even the New York Times had to admit that in the headlines, no less: “Muslim Woman Made Up Hate Crime on Subway, Police say.”
A few details for the truth- and memory-challenged folks at MSNBC: This happened way back in December 2016. Yasmin Seweid -- if you need help remembering, you could always pronounce it seaweed -- told every cop and reporter should could find  “that three white men screaming “Donald Trump!” attacked her on Dec. 1 on an uptown No. 6 train at East 23rd Street,” said theTimes.
Over at the Daily Beast, aka Newsweek, they passed along the phony baloney details just as quickly as Seaweed could manufacture them:
On Thursday night, an 18-year-old college student who wears a hijab was on the subway after a Women in Business Style Your Success fashion show when three apparently drunk men began shouting, “Donald Trump! Donald Trump! Donald Trump!”
The men then zeroed in on her.
“Look, a f---ing terrorist…. Get the hell out of the country!… You don’t belong here!”
They yanked her bag and the strap broke.
“Can you please leave me alone?” she asked.
They responded with laughter and followed as she tried to walk away from them. They tried to pull off her hijab.
“Take that rag off your head!”
What made it all the more nightmarish was that none of the many other people aboard the train sought to help her. Passengers looked at her and at the men and clearly understood what was happening, but then just looked away without offering so much as syllable in her defense.
“It breaks my heart that so many individuals chose to be bystanders while watching me get harassed verbally and physically by these disgusting pigs,” she posted on Facebook afterward.
The student—Yasmin Seweid—wrote of the incident itself as someone who is American born and raised: “Trump’s name was repeatedly said & it finally clicked in my head. No matter how ‘cultured’ or ‘Americanized’ I am, these people don’t see me as an American.”
Hundreds and hundreds of other mainstream outlets followed the story with glee.
And when police unmasked the hoax -- every bit of it was a lie, including if, and, and but -- thousands of other outlets reported that too, and wondered why so many reporters were so eager to believe these fake stories about Trump.
Others wonders why these same reporters refused to write about the violence against Trump supporters, which really did happen. On real video. In the real world. Just a few of which you can find on this playlist.
Maybe Chris and the Goofy Looking Dude did not get that memo. Or they just forgot about it.
My hands are not entirely clean here: Shortly after the Boston Marathon bombing, the Goofy Looking Dude gave me the same treatment on the Rachel Maddow show.
GLD of the SPLC said my stories and books about black violence and journalistic denial created a climate of hate that caused the bombing.
Yes: Good ol’ Colin caused the Boston Marathon bombing. I’m looking forward to including that in the scrapbook at my next high school reunion.
So far, no federal agents have knocked on my door to investigate. And neither has Rachel Maddow repeated it again. So I appear to be off the hook. This time.
But this must also be said: I do not have any evidence that Goofy Looking Dude is not a full-time occupant of a mental hospital, diagnosed with an extreme cased of batshit craziness; and that he wears a white straitjacket all day, only to be removed for the occasional appearance on MSNBC.
Ditto for Chris Matthews, now that I think about it.
So it must be true.


Ald. Pawar says he's running for Illinois governor

These Liberals are really to Stupid to see reality. Taxing the wealthy like this Clown wants to do is what the Progressives all want to do. Illinois is losing residents in large numbers at a record pace. Businesses  are leaving. Cat is moving their Corporate Headquarters from Peoria to Chicago. If this Clown raises corporate taxes I would bet that they move to a different State. Madigan is blocking Rauner's reform to help the State so something like this would only devastate the State, but Liberals don't care.    It's the idea of "Fair Share", even if it doesn't help business growth

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Little known outside his Northwest Side ward and with little money in his campaign fund, Ald. Ameya Pawar on Tuesday mounted a bid for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2018 with a low-key announcement.
Pawar, 36, in his second term representing the 47th Ward, said he's going to run on a progressive platform that includes enacting a graduated income tax or imposing a higher income tax on millionaires, in large part to increase state revenue and expand education funding without gutting other social programs.
In speaking to the Tribune, Pawar indicated his plan was to cater to progressives in the fallout of the November election results, which he said showed a deep split among Democrats nationwide between the party's liberal and establishment wings.
At the same time, Pawar acknowledged he lacks the self-funding capability that some Democrats are seeking in a candidate to take on first-term Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, a wealthy former equity investor. Rauner pumped $50 million of his own money into his campaign fund Dec. 20 as a warning to prospective challengers.

"I'm happy that there are a lot of Democrats looking at running or floating their names," Pawar said, citing the potential candidacies of wealthy businessmen J.B. Pritzker and Chris Kennedy.
"I think J.B. and Chris are good people. I have nothing against any of my fellow Democrats. But I do believe there has to be a progressive voice and a progressive platform, and I'm going to go out there and talk about a progressive vision for Illinois," he said.
But with a lack of major funding, Pawar faces a major test in trying to increase his name recognition statewide as he attempts to largely conduct a retail-based campaign.
"I'm going to go out and raise money, but I don't run in the circles where you can take in huge checks," Pawar said. "I know that. That's OK. But I look at Bruce Rauner's $50 million contribution to himself, and people use that to tell me that what I'm trying to do is ridiculous. But writing yourself a $50 million check when you have no record — in fact a destructive record — is nothing to be proud of."

Pawar said he has $50,000 in his campaign fund, money that mostly came from small donations.
"I'll go out and raise money and try to get around the state and go talk to as many people as I can and talk about a progressive vision," Pawar said. "And let's see what happens. I can't compete with big money. I can't. I know that. But like 99.9 percent of people in this state, I'm not wealthy, I can't self-fund and I don't run in elite circles. Does that mean I shouldn't run?"
Even though he's not well-known or well-funded, the state Republican Party — heavily funded by Rauner — launched an attack on Pawar within hours of his announcement, noting his support for higher taxes and using its well-established model of trying to link him to Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan, the party's longtime leader.

"Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar is the very definition of an out-of-touch, tax-hiking politician just like Mike Madigan," state GOP spokesman Steven Yaffe said in a written statement. "While job-crushing tax increases without reform has caused an exodus from Illinois, Pawar doubled down on the Madigan Chicago agenda, supporting higher income taxes (and) higher property taxes."
Also eyeing a potential bid for governor is Democratic U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, of Moline, though as she began her third term Tuesday she is serving in a House minority leadership post in the new Congress.
Pawar tweeted Tuesday morning his intention to run. "With the blessing of my wife and best friend, I'm in. I'm running for Governor," he wrote. He has retained the services of 47th Ward resident Sam Hobert as his campaign manager.

Philadelphia Soda Tax Leads To 30-50% Plunge In Sales, Mass Layoffs

Here you have a bunch of Liberal Progressive Dirtbags creating a tx and it sounds like its backfired on them by killing jobs. These Dirtbags must be proud.

When Philadelphia became the first US city to pass a soda tax last summer, city officials were eagerly looking forward to the surplus-tax funded windfall to plug gaping budget deficits (and, since this is Philadelphia, the occasional embezzlement scheme). Then, one month ago, after the tax went into effect on January 1st we showed the tax applied in practice: a receipt for a 10 pack of flavored water carried a 51% beverage tax. And since  PA has a sales tax of 6% and Philly already charges another 2%, the total sales tax was 8%. In other words, a purchase which until last year came to $6.47 had overnight become $9.75.
What happened next? Precisely what most expected would happen: full blown sticker shock, and a collapse in purchases.
According to Philly.com reports, two months into the city’s sweetened-beverage tax, supermarkets and distributors are reporting a 30% to 50% drop in beverage sales and - adding insult to injury - are now planning for layoffs.
One of the city's largest distributors told the Philadelphia website it would cut 20% of its workforce in March, and an owner of six ShopRite stores in Philadelphia says he expects to shed 300 workers this spring. “People are seeing sales decline larger than anything they’ve seen up to this point in the city,” said Alex Baloga, vice president of external relations at the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association.
Since all of this is taking place as previewed in a recent post: "The 'Soda Police' Just Learned A Valuable Lesson About Taxes", we doubt it would come as a surprise to anyone, although we are confident that Philadelphia city workers will be amazed by these unexpected developments.
Sure enough, in response instead of admitting the tax was a bad decision, the city lashed out by launching the latest "fake news" campaign, when it questioned the legitimacy of the early figures and predicted that customers responding to the initial sticker shock by shopping outside the city would return. “We have no way of knowing if their sales figures and predicted job losses are anything more than fear-mongering to prevent this from happening in other cities,” said city spokesman Mike Dunn.
Mayor Kenney harshly rebuked reports of coming layoffs late Tuesday night.
"I didn't think it was possible for the soda industry to be any greedier," Kenney said in an emailed statement. “…They are so committed to stopping this tax from spreading to other cities, that they are not only passing the tax they should be paying onto their customer, they are actually willing to threaten working men and women's jobs rather than marginally reduce their seven figure bonuses."
The 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on sweetened and diet beverages is funding nearly 2,000 pre-K seats this year as well as several community schools, and the city hopes will bring in $92 million per year for the education programs and to in part fund renovated parks and recreation centers. To hit its annual target, the city needs to collect $7.6 million a month in tax revenue. The first collection was due Feb. 21 but collection information won’t be available until next month.  Early projections from the city's quarterly manager's report predict only $2.3 million will come through in the first collection. Dunn says that figure is expected to rise and the city still anticipates hitting its goal for the year.
The city predicted a 27% sales decline industry-wide as a result of the tax but early returns from some beverage sellers show far higher losses, fueling a resurgence of the anti-soda tax coalition that fought vigorously against the tax last summer.
Bob Brockway, chief operating officer of Canada Dry Delaware Valley, which distributes about 20 percent of the city’s soft drinks, said sales were down 45 percent in Philadelphia. The company will lay off 20 percent of its workforce the first week in March. The distributor is a subsidiary of Honickman Affiliates, owned by Harold Honickman, who helped lead the opposition to the tax last summer. The 35 jobs on the line include managers, sales people, and drivers, Brockway said. Sales are up about 20 percent in the suburbs, but that hasn’t helped the business break even, he said.
On the whole, the company’s sales are down about 30 percent, Brockway said: “We don’t anticipate people coming back.”
The situation is worse at other outlets.
Jeff Brown, CEO of Brown's Super Stores, which manages six ShopRite stores in the city, said beverage sales were down 50 percent from Jan. 1 to Feb. 17 compared with the same period in 2016.
Again, that was to be expected, but what was more troubling is a 15% dip in overall sales at city stores, meaning that instead of merely reallocating funds, the tax has resulted in a net loss of purchasing power. “People didn’t change what they drink," Brown said. "They changed where they’re buying it.” And the biggest loser: the city of Philadelphia.
But it gets even worse: since January, Brown said, he has had to cut 6,000 employee hours, he said. He said he suspects he will lose about 300 people, which amounts to one-fifth of his total workforce voluntarily and through layoffs in coming months. To keep customers, Brown has ordered more tea and lemonade powders, which are tax-exempt. He’s stocking shelves with lower-quantity sugary drinks, which are easier to sell than the two-liter bottles or 12-packs.
Day’s Beverages, an independent soft-drink distributor, has seen a steep decline in Philadelphia offset by a 50 percent boost in Camden, Wilmington, and Bensalem, owner David Day said. Day also distributes to 18 other states, but Philadelphia makes up 30 percent of his market. His carry-out business has ballooned since the tax, he said.

Day is a registered distributor with the city and required to remit a monthly payment on any taxed beverages that go on to be sold in Philadelphia. He sent payment in last week for deliveries he made throughout Philadelphia. But Day doesn’t tax people coming in to buy soda directly from his warehouse.

“We’re one block out of Philadelphia, in Delaware County, and you can’t imagine how many stores are coming to our warehouse and picking up our soda. I don’t care what they do -- they're coming here as a cash-and-carry. Our doors are open to everyone,” he said. “We don’t police where it’s going.”
Another loser: labor unions. Danny Grace, head of the Teamsters union, representing many of the drivers, said members have seen pay cut by as much as 70 percent because they’re moving fewer products. “Many of them have quit as a result,” Grace said. He did not provide specific figures.
Not surprisingly, legal challenges against the soda tax persist. The Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association, in conjunction with movie theaters, restaurants, and supermarkets, is mounting a new "Ax the Bev Tax” campaign this week. Participating businesses will hang up signs encouraging people to call their elected representatives. Some legislators in Harrisburg weighed in this month, with an amicus brief calling on the court to overturn the tax. Within City Hall, legislators are taking a wait-and-see approach. Some Council members have encouraged patience.
“Initially people are upset and drive over the city line, but then they do the math and realize the cost of gas or the pure inconvenience doesn’t make it worth it,” Dunn said.
J. Del Conner is one of the 210 distributors registered with the city. He owns Dr. Physick soda, a tiny beverage-maker that sells about 500 cases a year. The soda is named after Conner’s great-great-great-grandfather, a Philadelphia pharmacist who introduced carbonated water into fruit syrup as a way to help relieve gastric disorders.
Conner usually sells about 10 cases a month in winter but didn’t send any money to the city this month.
“So far in January and February we’ve had no sales,” he said. “Zero.”