New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is hard at work fighting obesity. He’s fought hard against salt and trans fat. Now, he’s taking aim at sugar, because those stupid New Yorkers aren’t smart enough to make their own decisions.
New York City plans to enact a far-reaching ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts, in the most ambitious effort yet by the Bloomberg administration to combat rising obesity.
The proposed ban would affect virtually the entire menu of popular sugary drinks found in delis, fast-food franchises and even sports arenas, from energy drinks to pre-sweetened iced teas. The sale of any cup or bottle of sweetened drink larger than 16 fluid ounces — about the size of a medium coffee, and smaller than a common soda bottle — would be prohibited under the first-in-the-nation plan, which could take effect as soon as next March…
“Obesity is a nationwide problem, and all over the United States, public health officials are wringing their hands saying, ‘Oh, this is terrible,’ ” Mr. Bloomberg said in an interview on Wednesday in the Governor’s Room at City Hall.
“New York City is not about wringing your hands; it’s about doing something,” he said. “I think that’s what the public wants the mayor to do.”
No Bloomberg, the public doesn’t want you to lecture them about health. Then again, they keep reelected you, so maybe they do want to have their lives completely run by the government.
But you see, part of being an American is having the right to make stupid decisions and suffer the consequences. So if Michael Moore is stupid enough to drink three 7-Eleven Big Gulps per day, he has the right.
The government shouldn’t come in and ban the Big Gulp just because some stupid people are obese. Americans should have the freedom to be as obese as they want!
Obviously I’m joking a little bit, but in reality, yes, Americans should have full autonomy when it comes to what food they put in their bodies. Unfortunately for New Yorkers, Mayor Bloomberg thinks he has the right to tell people how to live their lives. No, he’s not a Doctor, but he did stay at a Holiday Inn Express once.
And while most Americans are unaffected by this policy, it doesn’t bode well for the rest of the country. What’s happening in New York is part of a disturbing trend in America toward a more centralized government that dictates health decisions to the people.
First it’s NYC. Next, it’s all of America. Don’t say you weren’t warned.