The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Cook County Pops Workers Again

Aug 21, 2017

Cook County’s “pop tax” just went into effect, adding a penny an ounce to any sweetened beverage. This adds $1.44 to a 12-pack.

The County says they’re doing this for our health. But that’s already a lie: they added the tax on to diet pop too. And the city recently added a five cent per bottle tax for bottled water! But you don’t have to pay on sweetened coffees richer people love, like those $5 Starbucks drinks. The County’s real motive is obvious – to squeeze more money out of ordinary people.