Governor Paterson Anoints Himself Ayatollah of Cola

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As if we weren’t hit hard enough when the price of soda from our office vending machine went up a whopping thirty-five cents (that’s right, until recently we had fifty-cent sodas — a reason to love New York), Governor Paterson wants to impose a 15 percent “obesity tax” on non-diet colas. Oh hell no. You know, we weren’t going to tell you about Coca-Cola’s cool new NYC-only aluminum bottles because it just seemed too product-placement-y. But out of solidarity to this newly persecuted “liquid candy” (actually, we prefer “carbonated sugar water”), we’re now going to go ahead and point out that they’re available at just a few restaurants, like Strip House, Michael Jordan’s Steak House, and Cucina & Co., and for just a limited time, they’re now at Freshdirect.com. Oh, and have you tried Red Bull’s “all-natural” cola, finally available here? Stuff is like crack. (Um, literally like crack, since it comes from coca leaves…) Buy it and guzzle!

Governor Paterson Proposes 'Obesity Tax,' a Tax on Non-Diet Sodas [NYDN]