Skip to comments.Dislike Soda Bans? Then Restore the Constitution
Posted on 06/21/2012 6:06:26 AM PDT by Aspenhuskerette
Last month, the day before National Doughnut Day, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced plans to tackle obesity by banning the sale of sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces. Eager for the newly nicknamed Soda Jerk to Think Again, comedian Jon Stewart joked that Bloomberg's proposal combines the draconian government overreach people love with the probable lack of results they expect.
The website Renegade Chicks reflected citywide disapproval in asking, Weren't there bigger issues at hand (like) ... say the declining economy and rising unemployment rates? If this soda ban is passed, what's next? Apparently, milk drinks and popcorn, which goes to show that there is nothing so bad that politicians can't make worse. At least New Yorkers can move to a different city.
Not so for Americans wishing to escape the interventionist sweep of the Affordable Care Act
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It should be the free refills that are banned....yeah, that's the ticket.
More likely I think this is what will happen.
Coke, Pepsi, and virtually every restaurant chain will start pouring cash into the Romney campaign and into GOP Congressional races.
The expected payback for that will be Federal legislation to pre-empt any attempt by state or local governments to regulate soda pop.
Which of course is doing more damage to the Constitution and the entire concept of Federalism. But in the current D.C. lobbying environment (and the fact that so many state and local governments are run by effing morons) this is how I expect it is gonna go down.
To the soda pop industry it makes more sense than fighting every individual state and local battle.
Great essay, Melanie. Congrats on being an outspoken conservative voice in the belly of the beast.
As opposed to the People's Republic of Cambridge, Mass, who now wants to ban ALL carbonated beverages from restaurants in the city!
It was a fun place to work in the late 70s. Quirky, yes, but not as whack-a-doodle as they seem to have gotten in the past 30 years or so.