Have you heard about the latest lunacy being proposed in New York City?? Mayor Bloomberg is at it again. Trying to legislate people into being healthy!
This time Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to bar restaurants, movie theaters, sports arenas, food carts and delis from selling sodas and other sugary drinks in servings larger than 16 ounces. This will, supposedly, reduce obesity in New York City.
HUH??! What would prevent people from buying two drinks If they want more than 16 oz?? Or will that become illegal too? Will someone follow you down the street to keep you from going into another convenience store and buying a second 16 oz? It's beyond ludicrous!
He and the city of New York have already led the charge against all kinds of other things that are allegedly "bad for you"....banning things like trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, and smoking in public places.
There are people who refer to his actions as attempts to set up a "Nanny State!" Well, I hate to tell you folks, but that isn't trying to be anyone's nanny, it is perilously close to becoming a Police State of the Big Brother variety.... where people are constantly watched and punished when they don't comply with laws set up by idiots!
In the 1920s Prohibition (banning the manufacture, sale, and/or consumption of alcohol) resulted in the availability of boot leg liquor, the establishment of the Mob run by guys like Capone and his cohorts, cronies, and the organized crime crowd They made a fortune selling on the black market and then quickly expanded into all sorts of other illegal activities, like gambling, and money laundering, and their influence is still felt today.
Surprisingly, the Fed fairly quickly realized that Prohibition wasn't a very good idea after all. All it did was increase crime. I seriously doubt if Prohibition convinced many alcoholics to quit drinking. In fact I doubt it convinced anyone to quit drinking alcohol. The law was repealed and the nation's drinkers returned to business as usual.
Did we learn nothing from Prohibition?? Seems not! At least not in New York City!
So what's next on the Bloomberg hit list? Meat products? Automobiles? "Dirty Books"???
Since when did a Mayor (even for a city the size of New York) get the power to become the unofficial dictator of what is permissible and what is not? That is a very slippery slope and if the citizenry isn't careful we are all going to slide down that slope and land in a place where personal freedom is a thing of the past! "Hard Times in New York Town" is just the beginning!
Look out folks, Big Brother may be a little late, but he's on his way....and his name just might be Bloomberg!!