Candy Man Moeller’s Nightmare Soon to Take Effect

by lewwaters

Who can take a sunrise, sprinkle it with dew
Cover it with choc’late and a miracle or two
The Candy Man, oh the Candy Man can

Oh, who can take tomorrow, dip it in a dream
Separate the sorrow and collect up all the cream
The Candy Man, oh the Candy Man can

How we all loved the fantasy movie, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory from 1971 and Sammy Davis Jr’s singing of the theme. It was a magical fantasy and escaping day to day life for a short time just to enjoy and let our minds wrap around that magic seen on the silver screen.

Maybe that was what was in Representative Jim Moeller’s head when he proposed and fought to pass in his all too confusing and regressive tax bill, known as the “Candy Tax.”

Moeller, as we already know, has never met a tax he didn’t like, hence one of his nick names, “Da Taxman.” We can add “Candy Man” now for his efforts in promoting and passing what will undoubtedly add much confusion to our tax system and produce little return for the effort.

The first bit of confusion sets in when you see that not everything you might consider candy is to be taxed. Candy is defined in state law as, “a preparation of sugar, honey, or other natural or artificial sweeteners combined with chocolate, fruits, nuts, or other ingredients or flavorings and formed into bars, drops, or pieces.”

As explained in the Seattle Times, the Department of Revenue adds, “Candy does not require refrigeration. Candy does not include any preparation containing flour.” They explain, “flour is made from grain such as wheat, rice, corn, rye, oats, and barley. Flour does not include flour substitutes, such as starch. Any product that lists flour as an ingredient on the nutritional facts label is not taxable as candy.”

But, isn’t it still fattening and unhealthy?

Moeller, in January, said to the Columbian’s Kathie Durbin on his Candy Tax, “adequate funding for the state’s public health departments is languishing due to the state’s budget crisis,” what he describes as one of his “Top Priorities.”

In an even earlier article, Candy Man said, “I don’t think that candy and gum are foods. I think (the tax) gives us an opportunity to kind of change some of the cultural thinking about it, and at the same time raise some money.”

Hence, following suit like many other states have done over the years, candy and gum needed to be taxed, he felt. But, only some candy, not all.

On paper, it is expected to raise some $30 Million in additional revenue. I say “on paper” because as we all know, when you tax something, less of it is sold and used. Add to that the confusing and complicated nature of this and we seem headed for buyers backlash, resulting in even less funding to the state, more unemployment as candy makers lay off employees due to their product not selling and eventual repeal of the bill, as did many of those other states that felt such a tax appropriate in the past.

June 1, Candy Man’s tax takes affect and once again, the poorer people will pay the tax as this ridiculous regressive tax on some candy will hit them directly, but not the wealthy we are always told must be taxed more to “pay their fair share.”

If you don’t understand how this will be on the backs of the poorer folks, as California was repealing their version of it, one of their congresscritters said, “The elite eat untaxed baked Alaska for dessert. The poor have Oreo cookies and they are taxed.”

Albert Einstein once said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

Candy Man Moeller shows us such as he continues to fight to tax us all and take more of our paychecks so he can say he attracted more revenue to “balance the budget.” The problem is, as I said above, it is only on paper and already we are hear of yet another multi-billion dollar budget shortfall facing the next legislative session.

We can finally actually turn this ‘passing the buck’ attitude around and save our state. Fortunately, we have a man running to unseat Candy Man who, as a business man, has had to actually balance budgets, for real not only on paper.

We can end this ongoing charade of spending cuts, which to Democratic legislators means only a reduction in proposed increase, and put the state back on sound financial footing.

The time has come to rid ourselves of the Candy Man and replace him with a businessman, Craig Riley.

It’s time to be real and visions of a fantasy movie and endless taxation of whatever Democrats like Jim ‘Candy Man’ Moeller envision continue to hurt all of us, especially those they claim need the most help.

2 Comments to “Candy Man Moeller’s Nightmare Soon to Take Effect”

  1. Oh Lew, HOW could you give me such a wonderful IDEA! Your post gave me an idea that may be some one might be special enough to come up with a campaign ad for Jim with this song:

    This the Wiley Willy Wonka version of Candy Man. Now if some one works hard enough, may be there might be some good tongue-in-cheek jest and tad bit of fun! 🙂

    Jim, you know you are making it SO easy for us to have fun with your campaign. Thank You!

  2. Moeller’s “behind” this debacle?


    Sorry. I couldn’t help it. I don’t know what came over me.

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