Democrat Michael Bloomberg, the NYC mayor who thinks you should not own a gun and tried to keep salt out of city food is at it again. His time he is pushing a ban on sugary drinks over 16 ounces. Bloomberg has decided that even though sugary drinks have been around for decades, he needs to ban them to keep people in NY from getting fat. He also seems to think he has the power to place himself between the merchant and the customer based on his disagreement with the customer’s choice of purchases.
Bloomberg has always been a Nanny State kind of guy. He believes people are too fat and that it is a problem that requires his intervention. Bloomberg is the kind that thinks of the collective not the individual so in his mind “we” have an obesity problem. For the record I work out regularly and generally eat well so I am basically in shape. My kids are also active and generally skinny so I do not have an obesity problem, I am not sure why people like Bloomberg want me to get excited and involved in what other people eat and how they live.
When did the land of the free and the home of the brave become the land of the nattering nabob Nanny State busybodies? I am not sure what offends my sensibilities more, that Bloomberg is doing this, or that so many of my (so called) fellow Americans find this to be a perfectly reasonable and appropriate use of government power. This is a solution in search of a problem. They don’t like your life choices so they are going to force you to change them. All they have to do is ignore the obviously meaningless fact that this in no way falls under the purview of constitutional government. At the very least it falls outside what we might call the “legislative intent” of the founders.
Very often we focus on the big national issues and controversies, but these things are often local and regional issues long before they go national. Battles between individualism and collectivism, between the citizen and the state, are fought every day in towns and municipalities across the country. The culture will reflect the acceptable range of government solutions and every time government takes on new roles and responsibilities anywhere in the country it set s precedent that weakens all our liberties, however slightly. Pay attention to what happens in New York; it may just be a matter of time before it goes national.