Skip to comments.Nanny State Update: No More Soda for NYC and Bag Taxes for San Francisco
Posted on 09/18/2012 7:56:01 AM PDT by 92nina
New York City has sealed the deal: The New York City Board of Health voted to approve Mayor Bloombergs ban on large-size sodas. Starting March 12th, 2013, New Yorkers will have to look outside the Big Apple of get many soft drinks that are larger than 16 ounces. This ban is the first of its kind in the country and is another wrong-headed crusade in the war against obesity.
A Cry for Freedom by Houston Food Trucks: An owner of a Houston Food truck has petitioned the city council to be able to park his food truck downtown after learning that serving the large lunchtime crowd is, in fact, illegal. According to Houston law, Food trucks can only operate downtown if they are fully electric, cannot park within 60 feet? of one another and are located somewhere with public restrooms nearby. There are so many rules that you have to find out that [you] are not allowed in certain places, cant do certain things and cant be at certain locations. While many cities, like DC, are waging discriminatory wars to tax food trucks out of existence, this is another example of local regulatory capture at work, punishing hungry consumers and business owners.
Alcohol Advertisement Ban: A federal judge in Virginia has upheld a ban on alcohol advertisements in Virginia Public University newspapers. With some very clever thinking Judge Hanna Lauck said that college newspapers are not protected by First Amendment rights. Advocates claim that this will reduce the amount of underage drinking at college campuses. Indeed. Those poor college students - without advertisements, how else will they ever figure out alcohol exists?
Party but dont Preach: Almost everything you can imagine is permitted to occur along Bourbon Street in New Orleans, except one thing. Since last year, preaching after dark on Bourbon Street has been forbidden per a New Orleans ordinance. Two weeks ago, a group of street preachers were the first to be arrested under the year-old rules. Only in New Orleans could one be arrested for preaching, but ignored walking down the street naked.
Another Bag Tax: Following in Washington D.C.s footsteps, San Francisco has passed a 10 cent tax per bag. But thats not all! This ordinance also sets standards for any retailer in San Francisco that offers paper or plastic bags, requiring them to be at least 2.25 millimeters thick and can only be reused 125 times. Any retailer that is caught not collecting the 10 cent tax or not following the city's ridiculous bag specifications will be fined. This law takes effect on January 1st, 2013.
So what does Bloomers’ Gestapo do to people who go in and buy two or three 16 oz drinks? Shoot ‘em?
All it does is jack up the price because of packaging and handling. Do they really think this will kill the market. What a bunch of .......
Not really. That’s the whole purpose of this exercise. He doesn’t care how much you drink, he just wants you to spend more money.
Will the enviros complain that there’s twice as much possible garbage?
Bag taxes are illegal because they are levied without a vote from the citizenry and can be arbitrarily raised on the greedy whims of the corrupt political machine.
Nearly all of the fast food places in California offer self-serve drinks. The customer is given an empty cup which he/she can refill as many times as they want at the self-serve soft drink machines. Sounds like the NYC fast food joints need to follow suit.
Hey in new york...wrong size soda = $200 fine
Get caught with weed = $100 fine......
The upside down world of liberalism
Bloomboog actually suggested just that.
It would be a real hoot to see a gunfight down at the local 7-11 between a couple of Bloomers’ SS troopers and a couple of Big Gulpers. The Big Gulp Wars. Excellent idea for a book and possibly a movie.
But will it apply to Pelosi, Boxer and Feinstein?