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…
“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:
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?