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Bloomberg’s Supersize Soda Ban: Meanwhile, Unemployment is Still Over 8%

Obesity may be responsible for the unemployment problem. So, Mayor Bloomberg puts the squeeze on excessive fizz.

And 8.5% in New York. 

It’s no surprise that we have an obesity problem in the U.S, and New York carries a lot of it. But is banning supersize sodas really the answer? What about supersize milkshakes or frappacinos, oversized burgers and fries, or super sugary donuts and pastries? Or maybe that all-you- can -eat pasta bar should be part of the Mayor’s infringement on personal responsibility.

Bloomberg argues he is not taking away our right to consume unhealthy and high calorie beverages, but rather requiring us to make a conscious decision to do so, by having to order a second cup of the drink instead of having all of it in one cup.  And that extra thought process is supposed to curtail excess? I doubt it. But what really concerns me is the Mayor’s priorities. With problems like the city’s barbell economy, a public school system full of bad teachers and kids who can’t read, a garbage problem that is out of control, unaffordable (and often unlivable) housing, and a continuing threat of terrorism in the Big Apple, why is Bloomberg spending time on something that is, by comparison, just frivolous? 

Because it represents another way to nudge us closer to the blind obedience and subservience consistent with a Big Brother society. And a way to strip away personal responsibility and choice while doing very little to strip away pounds.  Maybe if the Mayor spent more time addressing the city’s real problems, people would have less time or less inclination  to drown themselves in effervescent gluttony.

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Craig June 06, 2012 at 08:45 PM
This is the trap they want you to fall into. Govt creates entitlement programs. Then govt tells us that we need to curb our liberties because their entitlement programs are now too expensive.
Christopher Frawley June 06, 2012 at 08:48 PM
It's about time someone actually did something to get us off our arses! we have the science, sweetened drinks have no nutritional value and are directly linked to obesity and diabetes. sugar is the next tobacco. tax it, restrict it, make it such a ridiculously expensive hassle, that demand falls apart. simply saying let people do what they want in this case doesn't work because people that make responsible choices wind up paying anyway for those that don't (increased heath care costs). the role of government should be to protect the citizenry, even if it is from itself (in this case consumer ignorance and corporate greed). bravo Mr. Bloomberg !!
WOODY11780 June 11, 2012 at 11:06 AM
The New COMMON LAW....SHUT YOUR MOUTH, DO AS YOU'RE TOLD, & DONT ASK QUSTIONS.....Our politicians have it all figured out for us
John Gruber June 11, 2012 at 08:07 PM
purely a revenue scheme under the guise of healthcare. But it's true, we shouldn't have to help support unhealthy lifestyles for individuals, if they really cared about their health in the first place, they wouldn't have made those unhealthy decisions, Same goes to smokers, it's nonsense

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