RUSH: My friends, I can’t let the day end without talking about this story. As a matter of fact, grab audio sound bite number one Mr. Broadcast Engineer, because I’ve been predicting this for I don’t know how long. Now, the audio we have here is from cassette, but it is a cassette of this program. We used to, before the high-tech days, roll off the daily copy of this program on an audio cassette and that’s where we have to go to get this. It’s from June 5th, 1995, and this is eight years ago.
RUSH ARCHIVE: If we can save the lives of our children by raising the cost of cigarettes to five or six bucks a pack, why not save the lives of our children even more with, say, Big Macs and Whoppers that are five and six bucks. Oh, no, not tomorrow, not next week, but it’s coming, to a McDonald’s near you, or a Wendy’s or a Burger King or a KFC, whatever.
RUSH: Again that’s from a cassette from 1995. Well, last week Detroit residents discovered that their mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, had racked up big bucks on his government credit card. Detroit’s budget 300 million bucks in the red, the mayor spent at least $210,000 on travel and meals including an $85 bottle of campaign, part of a $200 tab at P. Diddy’s Restaurant in Atlanta. Now, Detroit’s lost population since the 1950s. The tax base continues to erode. Businesses and affluent residents continue to flee to the ‘burbs, and Mayor Kilpatrick has already faced protests over massive layoffs and service cuts. Meanwhile, the mayor has cultivated an image as a guy who enjoys the hip-hop lifestyle despite bad press over lavish parties and personal use of city vehicles. That was last week. This week, Mayor Kilpatrick wants Detroit voters, those that are left, to approve a 2% fast food tax on top of the already existing 6% sales tax imposed on restaurant meals. Kwame claims that consumers, the ones who are left in Detroit, will barely notice the extra tax. Critics say that the fat tax, as it’s being called, which is exactly, I think, what I suggested back in 1995. Critics say the fat tax, as it’s being called, would disproportionately hit the poor and hamper economic development. Hey, not just the poor, but minorities as well. Now, if this is enacted Detroit would be the first US city to successfully target the fast food industry. If it flies, without riots breaking out in New Fallujah, which is my pet name for Detroit, you can bet your bottom dollar that liberal mayors in every other failing blue state city will be licking their chops ready to follow suit. Those that are left, I mean, blue state cities.
So there you have it, 2% tax on fast food. It does target the poor. I mean, there’s no question, targets the poor and minorities; and there’s old Kwame Kilpatrick spending the state’s money out of style on his own lifestyle and wants the poor who frequent fast food restaurants, and everybody else that frequents them, to pay an additional 2% tax on top of the already 6% restaurant tax that exists.