Poverty Is Not an Accident

Poverty Is Not an Accident
Nelson Mandela

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Beware Americans Against Food Taxes

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I accidentally joined a facebook page called, "No food taxes in New Mexico," because I thought they were advocating against the regressive sales taxes on food our state was proposing. It's not. It's an astroturf group, trying to rabble rouse the "people" to oppose taxes on flavored mills and, especially, sodas. I'm betting a good deal of their income is derived from school lunches.

Well, today, I decided to do a tiny bit of research. They're part of this outfit:


Coalition Members include over 83,000 individual petition signers and the following:

Gene Valdez
Southwest Regional Co-Chair
Coalition Members include over 83,000 individual petition signers and the following:
New Mexico Grocers Association
Allen Beverages, Inc.
American Advertising Federation
American Airlines
American Bakers Association
American Beverage Association
American Hotel & Lodging Association
American Wholesale Marketers Association
Archer Daniels Midland Company

Americans for Prosperity


Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. High Country
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. United, Inc.
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Fort Wayne, IN
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Minden, Inc.
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Northern New England
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Pottsville, PA
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Winona, MN
Coca-Cola Bottling Works, Inc.
Coca-Cola Company, The
Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc.
Coca-Cola of West Greenwich, RI
Pepsi Bottling Group
Pepsi Bottling Ventures
Pepsi Northwest Beverages
PepsiAmericas, Inc.
PepsiCo, Inc.
Pepsi-Cola & National Brand Beverages
Pepsi-Cola of Florence, LLC
Pepsi-Cola of Rochester, MN
Pepsi-Cola Bottlers Association
Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of Atmore
Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of Central VA
Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of Hastings
Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of Hickory, NC
Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of LaCrosse
Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of Logansport
Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of New York
Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of Pipestone, MN
Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of Roxboro, NC
Pepsi-Cola Decatur, LLC
Pepsi-Cola Dr Pepper Bottling Co.
Pepsi-Cola of Northeast Wisconsin
Pepsi-Cola of Topeka
And look how they represent their campaign! According to THIS picture on FlickR, the foods are wholesome and nutritious. But one might ask, "Who eats radishes with bananas?"

No Food Tax - SMILE!


Our Governor, in his almost infinite wisdom, today rejected to sign in to law a legislative will that would have reestablished once again a food tax. In lieu of the legislature not having managed to levy a tax on alcohol, due to a very powerful lobbying efforts, this tax law would have been wrong in oh so many ways. This supposedly has never been done before, a Governor opposing the legislature so drastically. But Governor Richardson in his last term and stretch of governing, I can only assume could not care less who else he opposes. As for myself, I am delighted. Long live our Governor, (he sometimes acts like a King) he listened to my urgings, hooray!

"Give Me a Break" Americans Against Food Taxes TV Ad 2011

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