Under NYC’s Mayor for Life Michael Bloomberg, the liberal compulsion to dictate every picayune aspect of our lives has reached the point of self-parody:
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.
If petty tyrants like Bloomberg can tell you how much you can weigh and how large a cup of soda you can drink, do you have any personal liberty whatsoever? Is there any intrusion into your personal business sanctimonious thugs won’t feel entitled to inflict?
The answer to both questions is no, as confirmed by Bloomberg’s characteristically snide and arrogant response to critics.
“Your argument, I guess, could be that it’s a little less convenient to have to carry two 16-ounce drinks to your seat in the movie theater rather than one 32 ounce,” Mr. Bloomberg said in a sarcastic tone. “I don’t think you can make the case that we’re taking things away.”
It’s almost as if Bloomberg doesn’t understand the obvious question, “By what right?”
He also said he foresaw no adverse effect on local businesses, and he suggested that restaurants could simply charge more for smaller drinks if their sales were to drop.
Charging more is a sure fix for declining sales.
Mayor Mike has taken this jihad to such an extreme that he even tried to restrict the use of food stamps to buy soda. But the federal government shot him down on that.
On tips from Sam, Byron, Chris M, Shawn, and Wiggins.