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Posted on 06/15/2012 12:20:29 AM PDT by neverdem
Mayor Bloomberg's proposed soda ban is about himself, not about public health.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloombergs proposed ban on big sodas in the Big Apple is generating accusations that he is a Nanny Statist. But thats not quite accurate. A nanny forces others to do things for their own good. Bloomberg is a moral narcissist forcing New Yorkers to do things that make him feel good.
Under his soda ban, street vendors and restaurants would be barred from selling pop in anything over 16-ounce containers on the theory that limiting access to sugary drinks will help combat the citys obesity and diabetes epidemics. No onenot even Bloomberg himselfbelieves that the ban will actually work, not least because unlimited free refills will remain legal, as will oversized helpings of apple juice and other natural beverages with arguably even more sugar. But workability isnt the point right now. Its to get the public used to the idea of the government slurping around in your Slurpee, and then to ratchet up. Its the slippery slope consciously deployed as a policy strategy.
Nor is this Bloombergs first foray into minding your own business. He has also cracked down on smoking, salt and trans fats. He has mandated that fast-food joints post calorie counts. He also tried (unsuccessfully) to bar food stamp recipients from buying sodasone-upping fellow Republicans who want to urine-test welfare recipients to make sure they dont use their government aid for drugs.
Alleged public health threats are not Bloombergs only obsession. Although himself an admitted former toker, he has unleashed the nations most insidious anti-pot policy in defiance of state law. New York decriminalized the possession of less than 25 grams of marijuana so long as it is not in public view. But the NYPD started entrapping suspects through a stop-and-frisk strategy that forces them to empty their pockets when stoppedand arrests them if any dope comes into public view.
This has made New York the marijuana arrest capital of the world. Over 400,000 low-level marijuana arrests have been made during Bloombergs tenure, more than in the three previous administrations combined. The vast majority of them occur in poor, minority neighborhoods, ruining the lives of young Latino and black men for acts that their richer, whiter bros in tonier suburbs get away with routinely. Local outrage is finally prompting Gov. Andrew Cuomo to make low-level pot possession a misdemeanor not punishable by arrest. The soda ban too, it should be noted, will have a disproportionate impact on the budget of low-income families, who often buy a large pop and share.
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How does Bloomberg get away with such ruinous interference? Essentially, by affixing the adjective public before his pet peeves, turning them into respectable social causes such as public health and public security. The truth is that people who enjoy Twinkies and cola turn off Bloomberg, a rich man with an ultra-yuppie sensibility. But he cant simply outlaw their preferences and mandate his. In the free world, rulers have to offer rationales beyond their personal whims. And the one Bloomberg and his fellow social engineers increasingly deploy doesnt involve compelling individuals to undertake virtuous actions to advance some broader public good (something that can be constitutionally nettlesome, as Obamacares individual mandate demonstrated). Rather, it involves barring individuals from doing things to prevent some public harma negative externality, to use economics parlance.
This occurs when one persons actions have harmful side effects for another. A factory dumping effluents into a river and hurting downstream farmers, for example. Its prerequisite is some commonly held resource that no onenot even the most ardent libertariancould argue individuals have the right to ruin for personal gain.
Hence social meddlers have taken to finding such externalities everywhereand then asserting jurisdiction over them. Liberal blogger Felix Salmon has declared private schools a negative externality (presumably worthy of outlawing) because they hurt state-run schools, a public resource. Global-warming warriors have ordained the Earths climate a global common that everyone needs to go on a strict energy diet to protect. Likewise, as far as Bloomberg is concerned, government spending has made health care a common concernone he has to address by vetting individuals diets.
Every Bloomberg edict has been accompanied by a strange kind of doublespeak: He at once denies hes restricting anyones rights even as he identifies the public interest requiring those rights to be restricted. He justified his crackdown on non-violent pot users by citing potential savings to the citys security budget in case they turn violent. His public health commissioner Tom Farley is flirting with alcohol restrictions on everyone because some people might drink excessively and require costly emergency care. When banning trans fats, Bloomberg insisted that he was not taking away anybodys ability to eat what they wanthe was merely trying to make food safer to minimize cardiac-related public health costs. Likewise, he defended his clampdown on sugary drinks by protesting, Were not taking away anyones rights to do things. Were simply forcing you to understand [that your choices have public costs].
But public costs are simply a ruse for control freaks like Bloomberg to foist their personal choices on everybody else. To stop them will ultimately require restricting government to its essential functions. Until then, New Yorkers need to tell Bloomberg that they will gladly spend a little extra on peoples unhealthy choices as a price for their liberties. Protecting their rights is more important than protecting their pocketbooks.
Maybe he believes the bigger the a$$ he is the longer he will be remembered as beloved by New Yorkers.
Bloomberg is an idiot. If someone wants 32oz of soda they will just buy two 16 oz servings.
Considering the typical amount of ice that they put in soft drinks, I’d say that you’re only getting half the cup of soda anyway. So, you’ll need a 32 ounce cup to get 16 ounces of pop anyway.
I always request no ice.
I am not paying for water, frozen or liquid.
Bloomie is a cheesy poof!
Nope he was never even a RINO, he was a liberal democrat pretending to be a RINO to use the GOP line to get elected. Much easier than playing the special interest/racial minefield BS game in the rat primary.
It was a brilliant plan. In fact he’s just pure ego.
It makes me sick he was given the GOP line for a third term even after he went “indie” and supported Osama. I would have voted for the official democrat. Bring back Julie Annie.
This is about gettiing the media hyped and talking about his campaign so he can bring it to the world stage.
This is what so-called liberals do. They’re not happy running their own lives. They’re only happy running everyone else’s; or perhaps more precisely, ruining everyone else’s.
I’ve only seen him in pictures but it looks to me like the good mayor could drop 20 pounds or so himself before he takes on everybody else’s consumption habits. Just saying...
I would like to keep the taxes on hot dogs very low because I like hot dogs, Bloomberg said.
So hot dogs, high in saturated fat, sodium and probably made with processed meat are OK because Bloomberg likes them.
Yikes! Bottom right corner of sign: is that lady blowing a bubble w/ bubblegum, using wax lips, or are those just real bad dentures? LOL. What a group! Long live cheesy poofs!
He also tried (unsuccessfully) to bar food stamp recipients from buying sodasI actually agree with him on this one. If you're going to accept nannystate money, you should be forced to accept nannystate restrictions.
Free people should have the right to consume what food and drink they want, with no nannystate oversight, but freeLOADERS (who will also freeload their medical care) should be forced to eat healthy.
My neighborhood market has a lot of people using those EBT cards and I'll tell you, you don't have to stand in too many lines watching other people spend your money on junk food before you start to agree with nannystate controls for freeloaders.
Everyone is avoiding the obvious. The runt is a goosestepping fascist, not a nanny or a narcissist. He gets his jollys controlling other people’s property just like Hitler.
It’s getting tiresome to watch writers avoid the elephant in the room.
mayor doomberg strikes again
He is in New York.
They elected him-—they deserve him.
Typical for New York, they also elected Hillary, and Chuck the Schmuck.
I don’t have any sympathy for them.