Thursday, May 31, 2012

It's a toss-up...

...which is more indicative of the age: a U.S. mayor who rules like a king, or that the city continues to put up with the arrogant dictates.
New York City plans to enact a far-reaching ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts, in the most ambitious effort yet by the Bloomberg administration to combat rising obesity...

Mr. Bloomberg’s proposal requires the approval of the Board of Health, a step that is considered likely because the members are all appointed by him... 
Mr. Bloomberg has made public health one of the top priorities of his lengthy tenure, and has championed a series of aggressive regulations, including bans on smoking in restaurants and parks, a prohibition against artificial trans fat in restaurant food and a requirement for health inspection grades to be posted in restaurant windows.
I'm all for statutes that give consumers more information -- upon which to make their own choices.  Bloomberg's paternalistic approach to public health, however, is part and parcel with today's overbearing "save you from yourself" State.

The Founders had the Boston Tea Party.  Maybe our generation needs the New York Food Fight... for starters.

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