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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MP resident June 04, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Amen, Carol. I could not agree more!
George June 04, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Our personal responsibility was stripped a long time ago and continues to be stripped every time you see, hear or read an advertisement. In case you have not noticed most decisions we make are not based on personal responsibility but on the brainwashing we receive multiple times each and every day from the advertising industry in partnership with their clients. Everyone must be aware that there are very few decisions we make which are not heavily influenced by someone trying to make money, usually with no regard to what is good and responsible. Stop blaming the government, as if it is some alien from out of space, for the mess we have made for ourselves. I have seen the enemy and it is.... us!
John Gruber June 04, 2012 at 10:56 PM
what a dumb policy. Drinking soda alone doesn't make you obese, it's your entire lifestyle. lets start taxing people who play video games, since that can lead to obesity to. And if people want to eat and drink themselves to a useless gelatinous blob, let them, doesn't hurt us, unless of course they can't pay for their health care which leads to another discussion...
Re June 04, 2012 at 10:57 PM
I understand your thinking but why does everyone yell about personal responsibility but yell when there is talk of cutting medicare which cares for those who drank all that soda etc that caused diabetes/obesity . The cost is then paid by Medicare or disabilty. So your tax dollars cover those who do not take care of themselves one way or another.
Fred C June 05, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Next it will be No cake, No potato chips, No Hamburgers, No tacos!!! Government - stay out of my life!!! I'll decide what I want to eat and drink, you just keep taxing alcohol and cigarettes and not have a care in the world about the harm they do.
Concerned about KP June 05, 2012 at 01:51 AM
I love tacos
Argile June 05, 2012 at 10:56 AM
Why should the people that were responsible enough to take care of themselves pay for people that don't? This is why the dependent class has increased exponentially since the FDR days. It's sick and twisted socialism at it's worst. Your basically telling people, that already know that drinking and eating garbage on a daily basis, that it's ok to do it cause someone else will pick up the check for your medical bills.
Argile June 05, 2012 at 11:00 AM
It's pathetic because even after 12 years of a free education paid for by the hardworking taxpayers people still come out of high school dumb as a box of rocks and with no common sense whatsoever. Let them suffer and die off because of they're irresponsible binges. Stupid is as stupid does.
George June 05, 2012 at 12:05 PM
When you request the government to stay out of your life I assume you also mean it should stay out of your health care bills. Right?
Haig June 05, 2012 at 12:11 PM
He wants to make 20 ounce sodas illegal, yet, at the same time he wants to legalize pot. What is this world coming to !!!!
Matt(easy like Sunday morning) June 05, 2012 at 02:40 PM
My thinking is The Bloomberg 16oz soda size limit is primarily a revenue scheme with health as an intended beneficiary. While I don't support the plan as I am not a Statist, it's actually a stealthy plan to raise revenue and promote health. Yes, you can purchase (2) 16oz sodas but you would incur a penalty as (2) 16oz sodas would likely cost more than (1) 32 oz and would result in increased revenue to the store and more sales tax revenue for New York city. A child or an Adult is incentivized to self ration due to the added marginal cost of purchasing a second 16oz soda but in so doing instead of getting more for less you pay more for more. they are removing the This amounts to a regressive sales tax on the poor as they spend a disproportionate amount on these types of food and have a lot of these purchases are subsidized by Federal transfer payments. It’s a win win for NYC.
justme June 05, 2012 at 03:48 PM
I got an idea. Don't buy any soft drinks in NYC. Bring a thermos and fill it with whatever you like. Don't allow government these sneaky sources of revenue.
Pam June 06, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Bloomberg announces he wants to ban large sodas, but the very next day he proudly told NY'ers to go and get their free donuts. Gotta love it!
CJ June 06, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Maybe if people had any self control and this wasn't a nation full of grotesquely overweight people, frivolous rules like this wouldn't even have to cross our minds. However, they do - because unfortunately, there are many who do not have any self control, and they put a serious burden on society in a multitude of ways. That being said, this is a multifaceted issue, and there is clearly no one cure-all for the problem. Perhaps if you choose not to take care of yourself, then perhaps you shouldn't be entitled to be the beneficiary of any government assistance or programs such as Medicare. That would motivate some to get out there, get moving, and stop having tax payers foot the bill for poor decisions.
localguy June 06, 2012 at 06:09 PM
I got an idea, tell that twerp Bloomberg to stop trying to be everyone's parents..... he should try restricting the size of alcoholic beverages and see what happens. That industry would squash him like a bug. I can buy 20oz beers 2 at a time at the ball park and then drive home but I can't purchase a 20oz soda at the movies and split it with my wife. REALLY?? And those who keep posting "Maybe if people had self control" should stop telling others how to live their lives. There's a good chance there's a few things in their closets that should be examined, ya think? This is AMERICA kids so let's not forget what freedom includes.
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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