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You see, big corporations don’t run “delis”.  No, they run
“convenience stores”, and that makes all the difference.

This diary is presented without (much) opinion:  just a few facts on
which to chew, and from which to glean.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg helped to pass a measure that will limit the size of sugary drinks available for purchase in delis, restaurants and movie theaters to 16 ounces, in an effort to tackle the obesity epidemic.

One side effect, however, could be the demise of some neighborhood
delis and bodegas, and the concurrent rise of chain stores like
7-Eleven. Critics say the ban, which is set to come into effect this
spring, cracks down unfairly on small business owners while allowing
some large convenience stores to skirt the rules.

New York City is the land of the mom and pop store, where just about
every restaurant and deli and grocery store is owned by an individual
or a family, trying to fulfill their dream.  Within one block of my building
in Queens, there are countless individually-owned restaurants and
pizza places, delis and laundromats.  Even the supermarkets are
locally-based chains.  Walgreens, CVS, DD, and shitty fast food (KFC
and White Castle) are the only big companies in my neighborhood.

New York City is the land that doesn’t want Walmart, and the land that
fought off the big chains as long as the individual neighborhood
groups and the Borough leadership could muster the fight against the
big moneyed interests.

What prompted me to write this was the realization that while
Bloomberg touts (as the only reason for the ban) the health effects of
easy availability of large sugared drinks, the reality is…

7-Eleven, one of the fastest growing chains in New York City, recently
announced plans to open 30 new locations within the next five years.
The Dallas-based convenience stores will be able to sell all drinks
prohibited under the ban, including their super-sized Big Gulp,
because they are governed by the state health department, and not the
city department, company representatives told ABC/Univision.
Scott Drake, a 7-Eleven spokesperson, told ABC/Univision that his
company will be prepared for any extra traffic that may come to their
stores due to the sugary drinks ban that will affect delis, food carts
and restaurants.
"Any retailer in close proximity to our stores, which sells the same
items as we do is considered competition," 7-Eleven representative
Margaret Chabris wrote in an email "So, it could be a grocery store,
deli, coffee shop or quick-serve restaurant."
…(in other words, all of the mom-and-pop businesses)…and we will crush
them and put them out of business. (oops, he forgot that part of the

Health reasons?  Fuhggeddabboudditt!!!

Go figya.

And I wonder sometimes why I am so cynical!

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  •  Tip Jar (3+ / 0-)
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    by Floyd Blue on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 08:44:48 AM PST

  •  But that doesn't seem to be the city's fault (1+ / 0-)
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    It's state law that arbitrarily puts convenience stores outside the city's supervision.

    You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

    by Rich in PA on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 09:18:43 AM PST

    •  But this law was crafted by the city, and (0+ / 0-)

      it is an awfully convenient coincidence (which I really do not believe in on this level, with this subject matter) that 7-11s are planning a huge rollout in the city, and now their competition is being cut and the playing field tilted in their favor.  (Ridiculously-high tax breaks are not enough anymore??  Now, competition has to be eliminated as well?)

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      by Floyd Blue on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 10:03:30 AM PST

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  •  OT, seeking clarification re Mosler's (0+ / 0-)

    OT, seeking clarification re Mosler's "cash shredding" anecdote, given in e.g., Warren's oft-cited Seven Deadly Innocent Frauds:

    And what happens if you were to go to your local IRS office to pay your taxes with actual cash? First, you would hand over your pile of currency to the person on duty as payment. Next, he’d count it, give you a receipt and, hopefully, a thank you for helping to pay for social security, interest on the national debt, and the Iraq war. Then, after you, the tax payer, left the room, he’d take that hard-earned cash you just forked over and throw it in a shredder.

    Yes, it gets thrown it away. Destroyed! Why? There’s no further use for it. Just like a ticket to the Super Bowl. After you enter the stadium and hand the attendant a ticket that was worth maybe $1000, he tears it up and discards it. In fact, you can actually buy shredded money in Washington, D.C.

    and in his paper with Forstater:

    Stephanie Kelton, in this interview, says:

    Let’s say you have a tax liability and it’s a hundred dollars and you just mail in a one hundred dollar bill. Apart from the shock of opening the envelope, what are they going to do with this? What do we do with this? Send it to the Fed. That’s where the Treasury banks. Goes to the Fed, and what do they do with it? They shred it. They shred it. Why would they shred it, I mean literally shred it, if they needed it to buy things, if they could use it to spend? Because they don’t use it to spend and they don’t need it to buy things. [00:19:06]
    … if one pays taxes or buys government securities with actual cash, the government shreds it, clearly indicating operationally government has no use for revenue per se.
    Warren does offer, in this reply to a query:
    I guess it’s a matter of semantics/contexts re the word ‘destroyed’

    taxes remove balances from the non govt sector, and in the case of taxes being paid with actual cash- old $20′s for example- the US govt shreds them, which qualifies as ‘destruction.’

    and for the economy, balances in the tsy’s account are, per se, of no consequence whatsoever. it’s just ‘accounting’ on ‘the gov’s side of the ledger’ so as far as the economy is concerned they are as good as non existent.

    But in any case, the context of ‘taxes destroy dollars’ is that they are removed from the economy by the govt. thereby reducing net financial assets. And I suspect I never have used that term ‘taxes destroy dollars’ in the manner others do, even when I use the shredder imagery.

    Also, joebhed challenges the assertion in this related interchange where he first notes:
    I thought that Warren and now, unfortunately, even esteemed Dr Bill Black have said that the IRS shreds the money when you make a payment of taxes.
    Near the end of the exchange:
    [MRW:] The IRS doesn’t shred cash money used to pay taxes. (Who does that anyway?)

    [jobhjed:] … I agree with Warren that we cannot become insolvent – except on purpose.

    The Fed -does- shred some of the money they get from Treas, just as they shred money they get from elsewhere. (refs, e.g.: WP, and the impromptu interview with the Fed's Jerry Nelson at 3:35 min, as pointed to by MRW in the above interchange).

    But the Fed doesn't need to shred -all- the money it gets from Treas.

    A better way to say this seems to be, as given by J.D. Alt, in his 12/17/2012 Monopoly piece:

    … [the currency-issuing government] could take all the money it receives (in taxes, fees or fines) and simply shred it and throw it away: it has no need for it, because when it needs money it simply “issues” the currency.
    where I emphasized could for clarity.

    Sorting through that, I get for general consumption:

    When someone pays their taxes in cash to the IRS (which is part of the U.S. Treasury), the Treasury deposits the cash with the Fed and the Fed credits the Treasury's account accordingly. The Fed, then could take all the money it receives from the Treasury and simply shred it and throw it away: it has no need for it, because when it needs money it simply “issues” the currency.
    Anyone care to correct/elucidate?

    United We Understand — e MMT unum

    by dorkenergy on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 04:37:36 PM PST

    •  Now, after all that work, I have NO idea (0+ / 0-)

      how, after I clicked "Post a comment", that somehow I managed to post that comment in THIS diary.

      I'm looking at the cat.

      Calling animal control.

      [apologies for the interruption]

      United We Understand — e MMT unum

      by dorkenergy on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 05:17:17 PM PST

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      •  damn, and here I thought I was getting popular.... (0+ / 0-) are more than welcome to post here....please feel free to post anything, etc.

        I am starved for attention over here.  All worded up with no place to go.

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        by Floyd Blue on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 04:52:45 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

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