Thursday, May 31, 2012

Obtuse Award – Mayor Bloomberg Plans Ban on Large Sugary Drinks in New York City

Just how obtuse can you get? In a misguided effort to combat rising obesity, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is seriously proceeding with a sweeping policy proposal to enact a city-wide ban on the sale of large soft drinks and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts…

The Grey Lady reports:

“The proposed ban would affect virtually the entire menu of popular sugary drinks found in delis, fast-food franchises and even sports arenas, from energy drinks to pre-sweetened iced teas. The sale of any cup or bottle of sweetened drink larger than 16 fluid ounces — about the size of a medium coffee, and smaller than a common soda bottle — would be prohibited under the first-in-the-nation plan, which could take effect as soon as next March.”

Think about that. If this ban goes into effect, then here in the United States of America, land of the free and home of the brave, the country where oppressed people everywhere have fled to for centuries now to enjoy liberty and take hold of their birthright as human beings: the right to self-determination and to make choices about their own lives for themselves without the interference of tyrants or despots, here in a country such as this, one of its greatest cities will be telling grown adults that they can’t drink a drink if it’s too big (by whose standard?) or has too much sugar in it (according to whose judgment?). Of course you could just get two small ones. Or a large one with some milk in it...

at The Silver Underground.



Wes Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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