Bloomberg: Soda Ban is Trying to ‘Change the Public’s Taste’

September 13, 2012 at 4:20 pm (Donut Day, Mayor Bloomberg, Nanny Bloomberg, New York, Science, Soda, Soda Ban, Sugary Drinks)

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg once again reiterated his desire to force what he views as healthy choices on the citizens of the city.  Back in May, the mayor explained that his proposed ban on large sodas was a way of “forcing you to understand that you have to make the conscious decision to go from one cup to another cup.”

Now it seems he’s not only trying to force you to understand, he’s trying to force a change in your tastes.

Earlier this afternoon, the New York City Board of Health officially approved its plan to ban larger soda cup sizes at restaurants and concession stands, and, barring a successful lawsuit and a court order, the initiative will take effect in six months. And although a majority of the city’s residents disapprove of the move, at a press conference, Mayor Bloomberg aggressively told reporters time and time again that it won’t be as controversial as it seems.

“I think it’s fair to say there’s no evidence that it will hurt their business,” he said about restaurants arguing the requirement will hurt their bottom line. “Maybe outside of the limelight of newspaper or television camera, they would probably agree that down the road, what’s likely to happen here, what’s very likely to happen, is eventually they will just transition pretty much everything and change the public’s taste. Why? We cannot continue to have our kids come down with diabetes at age 6. If it was one of your children I think you’d be out there with a very different kind of question.”

This statement is the very definition of what makes a nanny politician.  Bloomberg believes that government knows what is best for the people to eat and drink, and he’d like to find government answers in forcing them to consume products he deems healthy.  He believes parents are too uneducated to make the right choices for their children.

That, in a word, is frightening.

The question is – where does it stop?  Doughnuts contain hydrogenated oils, and are essentially one of the worst cancer foods you can possibly eat.  Yet there the Mayor stood a day after the soda ban was announced, proudly celebrating the virtues of National Donut Day.

This is the height of hypocrisy.

Why is Mayor Bloomberg not actively working to mandate a one-donut policy at all bakeries in the city?  He could just as effectively site the obesity statistics used in his previous response on sugary drinks.

During the press conference today, Bloomberg ridiculed the intellect of a reporter for not understanding the mayor’s wise decisions and the science behind them.

At times, Mr. Bloomberg got a bit testy. For example, one reporter asked how he knows soda, which has been part of Americans’ diet for some time, is responsible for the surge in obesity.

“Miss, I don’t know how to answer your question if you don’t have any understanding of science whatsoever,” the mayor answered. “It’s just thermodynamics, if you put in more calories in than you burn up, you’re going to store it. Storage of calories is called fat and we’d be happy to provide some information for you.”

You know who does understand science?  The two separate sets of researchers who recently determined there is no link between childhood obesity and soda.

We’d be happy to provide some information for you, Mr. Mayor.

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Mayor Bloomberg Responds to Our Criticism of New York City’s Soda Ban

August 4, 2012 at 11:00 am (Big Gulp, Freedom, Healthy Choices, Mayor Bloomberg, Nanny Bloomberg, Nanny State, New York, New York City, Obesity, Personal Liberty, Soda, Sugary Drinks)

A couple of months ago, the Mental Recession reported on a ban on large sodas being enacted in New York City.  The plan was the first of its kind anywhere in the nation – perhaps because others couldn’t concoct a more inane way to fight obesity.  Bloomberg however, has an extraordinary knack for finding the most absurd ways to monitor your health, and by extension – take away your freedoms.

It is the nanny state at it’s finest, and perhaps another reason why New York’s residents are fleeing the state in record numbers.

The concept really took a turn for the worse when Bloomberg actually said that the city had to “forc(e) you to understand that you have to make the conscious decision to go from one cup to another cup.”

We reached out to the Mayor’s Office for comment on the soda ban, and the following is a response from Mr. Bloomberg himself:

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and concerns about our plan to limit the size of sugary drinks at some food establishments. 

Like the rest of America, our City is facing an obesity epidemic. Nearly 60% of adult New Yorkers and close to 40% of public school students are overweight or obese, putting them at greater risk of developing a host of diseases and conditions, including Type 2 Diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Obesity is now the second-leading cause, just after smoking, of preventable death in New York City. 

Our success in cutting smoking deaths to record lows shows that we can tackle the toughest public health problems head-on—and make a huge difference—but only if we are willing to act boldly, and target the problem comprehensively. We are confronting the obesity epidemic on several fronts, including our most recent proposal to curb consumption of sugary beverages. We are also offering healthier options through programs that allow more New Yorkers to buy fresh and affordable produce.  In addition, an expanded public education campaign will build on the work we have already done to give New Yorkers more information—just as calorie counts in restaurants do—so they can make better choices about the food and drinks they and their families consume. 

Although we may disagree on this issue, I appreciate your input as we work to reduce the number of preventable, obesity-related deaths throughout New York City. Thank you again for writing. 

 

Sincerely,

Michael R. Bloomberg

Mayor

This answer is the very definition of what makes a nanny politician.  Bloomberg believes that government knows what is best for the people to eat and drink, and he’d like to find government answers in forcing them to consume products he deems healthy.

That, in a word, is frightening.

The question is – where does it stop?  Doughnuts contain hydrogenated oils, and are essentially one of the worst cancer foods you can possibly eat.  Yet there the Mayor stood a day after the soda ban was announced, proudly celebrating the virtues of National Donut Day.

This is the height of hypocrisy.

Why is Mayor Bloomberg not actively working to mandate a one-donut policy at all bakeries in the city?  He could just as effectively site the obesity statistics used in his previous response on sugary drinks.

Furthermore, the link between sugary drinks and obesity has been debated, with a recent Canadian study suggesting there is little evidence that sodas cause childhood obesity.

Bottom line, the government is well within their rights to educate people on the dangers of certain foods and drinks, but they’ve crossed a boundary when they enforce bans on those same items.

It is an affront to personal choice and liberty.  As is the mayor himself.

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Bloomberg Wants Hospitals to Lock Up Baby Formula So More Women Will Breast Feed

July 30, 2012 at 9:00 am (Babies, Breastfeeding, Breasts, Health Department, Hospitals, Mayor Bloomberg, Nanny Bloomberg, Nanny State, New York, New York City)

Good Lord.  First it was salty foods for the homeless, then the big gulp, and the big beer, now the big … baby bottle?

It’s glaringly apparent that the biggest nanny in the country, Mayor Bloomberg, will not rest until he is controlling every aspect of your life – from the cradle to the grave.

Now he’s targeting the cradle

The nanny state is going after moms.

Mayor Bloomberg is pushing hospitals to hide their baby formula behind locked doors so more new mothers will breast-feed.

Starting Sept. 3, the city will keep tabs on the number of bottles that participating hospitals stock and use — the most restrictive pro-breast-milk program in the nation.

Under the city Health Department’s voluntary Latch On NYC initiative, 27 of the city’s 40 hospitals have also agreed to give up swag bags sporting formula-company logos, toss out formula-branded tchotchkes like lanyards and mugs, and document a medical reason for every bottle that a newborn receives.

While breast-feeding activists applaud the move, bottle-feeding moms are bristling at the latest lactation lecture.

“If they put pressure on me, I would get annoyed,” said Lynn Sidnam, a Staten Island mother of two formula-fed girls, ages 4 months and 9 years. “It’s for me to choose.”

Not if the Nanny has any say.

Sister Toldjah writes:

Lovely. So not only will Mike Bloomberg and his merry band of statists play hide-the-bottle to force one to breastfeed, but those who don’t get with the program will be nagged until they do — “We know what’s best for your baby. You don’t. Why do you insist on a bottle? WHY DO YOU HATE YOUR BABY??”

That’s the essence of liberal fascism, of the nanny-state, of arrogant would-be Czars like Mike Bloomberg: there is no limit, no point at which they say they control enough. Every minute aspect of your life –how much salt you use, how much soda you drink, how you feed your baby– is subject to the state’s direction.

Every. Single. Bit.

Hands off our women’s breasts, Mr. Mayor.

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Bloomberg: First We Came For Your Soda, Now Your Beer

July 26, 2012 at 9:00 am (Alcohol, Beer, Beer Crackdown, Bloomberg Beer, Mayor Bloomberg, Nanny Bloomberg, New York, New York City)

The nation’s most famous nanny is at it again.

Via the New York Post:

Having attacked smoking, trans fats and sugary drinks, the Bloomberg administration is ramping up its campaign against alcohol abuse, The Post has learned.

The city Health Department will be conducting a massive, 50-question telephone survey of New Yorkers to get a better handle on the level of alcohol abuse in the city.

“We routinely conduct surveys about important health issues to learn more about them, and underage and excessive drinking are serious health issues,” said Health Department spokesman Sam Miller.

Rumor has it, f you can’t make it through the 50-question survey without slurring your answers, you can expect Nanny Bloomberg to raid your refrigerator for the Pabst Blue Ribbons.

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Mayor Bloomberg Already Using Colorado Shooting to Promote Gun Control

July 20, 2012 at 9:43 am (Aurora, Colorado, Gun Control, Mayor Bloomberg, Michael Bloomberg, Nanny Bloomberg, Nanny State, New York, Second Amendment, Shooting, Theater Shooting, Tragedy)

Never let a tragedy go to waste, eh Mr. Bloomberg?  Not even 12 hours out and this…
From Politico (h/t Right Scoop):

Asked about the Colorado mass shootings at a movie theater showing “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colo., that killed at least 12 people, Bloomberg said politicians needed to offer policy proposals in addition to prayers and sympathy.

“Soothing words are nice,” Bloomberg said during an interview on WOR News Talk Radio 710 in New York City. “But maybe it’s time the two people who want to be president of the United States stand up and tell us what they’re going to do about it, because this is obviously a problem across the country. And everybody always says, ‘Isn’t it tragic?’”

“I mean, there’s so many murders with guns every day,” he continued. “It’s just gotta stop. And instead of these two people, President [Barack] Obama and governor [Mitt] Romney talking in broad things about, they want to make the world a better place. OK. Tell us how. And this is a problem. No matter where you stand on the Second Amendment, no matter where you stand on guns, we have a right to hear from both of them, concretely, not just in generalities, specifically, what are they going to do about guns?”

I would counter that with this:

Too bad there wasn’t someone at that theatre with a concealed carry permit. How many lives could have been saved? — Neal Boortz (@Talkmaster)

No time like the present to start spouting off more nanny state garbage I guess…

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