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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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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Canadian Study Says Soda Doesn’t Cause Childhood Obesity, NYC Mayor Immediately Calls For Ban on Canadian Studies

June 18, 2012 at 3:22 pm (Ban, Canada, Canadian Study, Mayor Bloomberg, Michael Bloomberg, Nanny State, New York, New York City, Soda, Sugary Drinks)

Actually, the report was seven pages in length, so Nanny Bloomberg is requesting a ban on Canadian studies over four pages long.  You’ll just have to purchase two in order to read the whole thing.

Via Yahoo! Philippines:

As New Yorkers continue to debate a controversial proposal to ban supersized sodas, a new study out of Canada says the link between the consumption of sweetened beverages and childhood obesity is weak at best.

It’s the latest study to weigh in on the controversy which has divided the city, with supporters lauding Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s initiative to combat rising obesity and others calling the strategy shortsighted.

The Canadian study, to be published in the October issue of Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, determined that more than the consumption of sugary drinks, the main predictors of childhood obesity among Canadian children were household income, ethnicity and household food security.

Ethnicity?  Were the researchers aware that their study was inherently racist?

I wonder if somebody could present this study to Bloomberg and ‘force him to understand‘.

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Bloomberg on Soda Ban: We’re "Forcing You to Understand"

May 31, 2012 at 4:41 pm (Ban, Diet, Fertility, Mayor Bloomberg, Michael Bloomberg, Nanny State, New York, Obesity, Public Interest, Restaurants, Soda, Spiderman, Steve Martin, Sugary)

Earlier today, we updated you on an upcoming ban in New York City that will eliminate the sale of large sodas in movie theaters, street carts, and restaurants.

The ban will include drinks in excess of 16 fluid ounces, forcing customers who happen to enjoy a large soda to figure out complex math and purchase two.

Perhaps Mayor Bloomberg was hoping the city’s residents were too stupid to do the math.

Steve Martin however, was onto his game…

Now, whether or not Bloomberg thinks you’re too stupid to find ways around this large soda ban is debatable.  What isn’t debatable however, is that Bloomberg definitely thinks you’re too stupid to understand the underlying reason that such a ban is necessary.  You’re too stupid to know what is and isn’t healthy.
Here is a quote from Bloomberg (h/t Weasel Zippers):

“We’re not taking away anybody’s right to do things, we’re simply forcing you to understand that you have to make the conscious decision to go from one cup to another cup.”

The statement, “forcing you to understand” is a step above and beyond a nanny state, it’s downright dictatorial.

Here’s the video:

Conservatives on Twitter are now engaged in a debate over what Mayor Bloomberg’s next ban might be.  Will it involve his war on obesity, or something else?  Here is my contribution:

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Stuck on Stupid: New York City Set to Ban Large Sodas

May 31, 2012 at 11:00 am (Ban, Diet, Mayor Bloomberg, Michael Bloomberg, Nanny State, New York, Obesity, Public Interest, Soda, Sugary)

That wasn’t a made up headline.  Many of us, who actually believed we still live in an America where we are free to decide what we eat and drink, may have mistaken that for satire, or a tabloid type of headline.

But ‘lo, it is not.

Mayor Bloomberg, in his personal attempt to fight obesity, appears to have an excess of fat between his ears preventing him from thinking very clearly on the subject.

In what the New York Times calls the administration’s most ambitious effort to curb obesity, New York City is about to enact “a far-reaching ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts.”

The ban effects the sale of any sweetened drink in excess of 16 fluid ounces, or roughly the size of a medium coffee.  It could take effect in less than a year.

This plan is the first of its kind anywhere in the nation, perhaps because others couldn’t concoct a more inane way to fight obesity.  But Bloomerg has an extraordinary knack for finding the most absurd ways to monitor your health, and by extension – take away your freedoms.

This is the nanny state at it’s finest.  Perhaps it is another reason why New York’s residents are fleeing the state in record numbers.

Bloomberg actually has the audacity to claim he’s doing it in the public’s interest.

“I think that’s what the public wants the mayor to do,” he said.

Can we get a poll on that?  What New Yorker, or American for that matter, wants government telling them what they can or can not drink?

What say you readers, are you too stupid to decide on your own what you can put into your bodies, or do you need a government sponsored diet plan forced upon you?

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Mayor Bloomberg Bans Homeless Food Donations For Being Too Salty

March 19, 2012 at 3:43 pm (Department of Homeless Services, Donations, Homeless, Mayor Bloomberg, Michael Bloomberg, Nanny State, New York, New York City, Salt)

It’s one thing for Nanny Bloomberg to limit the food choices of restaurant patrons, it’s completely unintelligible to understand why a man would limit what kinds of food can be donated to the homeless.

From the New York Post:

So much for serving the homeless.
The Bloomberg administration is now taking the term “food police” to new depths, blocking food donations to all government-run facilities that serve the city’s homeless.
In conjunction with a mayoral task force and the Health Department, the Department of Homeless Services recently started enforcing new nutritional rules for food served at city shelters. Since DHS can’t assess the nutritional content of donated food, shelters have to turn away good Samaritans.
For over a decade, Glenn Richter and his wife, Lenore, have led a team of food-delivery volunteers from Ohab Zedek, the Upper West Side Orthodox congregation.
Forbidden: Shelters must turn away synagogue goodies like gefilte fish and pastries, thanks to Bloomberg.
They’ve brought freshly cooked, nutrient-rich surplus foods from synagogue events to homeless facilities in the neighborhood. (Disclosure: I know the food is so tasty because I’ve eaten it — I’m an OZ member.) The practice of donating such surplus food to homeless shelters is common among houses of worship in the city.
DHS Commissioner Seth Diamond says the ban on food donations is consistent with Mayor Bloomberg’s emphasis on improving nutrition for all New Yorkers. A new interagency document controls what can be served at facilities — dictating serving sizes as well as salt, fat and calorie contents, plus fiber minimums and condiment recommendations.
The city also cites food-safety issues with donations, but it’s clear that the real driver behind the ban is the Bloomberg dietary diktats.

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New York Senate Holds Hearing on Distracted Driving

February 13, 2012 at 10:14 am (Barbara Fiala, Christopher Hart, Distracted Driving, Joseph D'Amico, Nanny State, New York, NTSB, Senate)

The king of the nanny states is about to listen to arguments for expanding… their nanny state.  Hearings are to be held today in New York regarding distracted driving – including hands-free devices.

My question is, what exactly are companies like GM with their On Star feature, or Ford with their Sync and new hands-free systems, supposed to do now?  You have a $2000 computer system in your vehicle, designed specifically for hands-free use, and you won’t be able to use it?

Via the AP:

The vice chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board is set to testify at a New York Senate hearing on distracted driving.

In December, the NTSB called for a nationwide ban on driver use of portable electronic devices. Christopher Hart, vice chairman of the agency, will talk about the proposal at a Senate hearing Monday in Albany.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 5,400 people were killed and an estimated 448,000 were injured nationwide in crashes involving distracted driving in 2009.

Others testifying at Monday’s hearing include State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico, Motor Vehicles Commissioner Barbara Fiala, and representatives of AAA, Auto Alliance and Toyota.

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