Yesterday’s proposal by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to limit sugary drinks in the Big Apple left a sour taste in the mouths of Americans nationwide.Why doesn't Nanny Bloomberg go after those huge Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha Frappuchinos? Because he probably enjoys them himself. It's the stuff only the little people consume that he feels the need to regulate. Just as if he were citizens' ... nanny. He knows how to control himself. So his behavior doesn't need to be regulated. It's us that need his heavy hand of guidance.
Criticism spanned the political spectrum, as consumers expressed outrage over the plan to ban sweetened beverages in cups or containers larger than 16 ounces.
The ban, meant to reduce obesity among New Yorkers, would apply to restaurants and delis, movie theaters, stadiums, and even street vendors. On the forbidden list would be all drinks in a container exceeding 16 ounces that contains sugar, unless it is 70 percent or more fruit juice or milk. The plan will be put before the city’s Board of Health for approval, bypassing the city council.
Contempt for consumers is, in fact, at the heart of this proposal. It has a distinct smell of elitism about it. It is built on the fundamental assumption that the Great Unwashed who drink carbonated beverages can’t be entrusted with their own health. These poor unfortunates should not be allowed to waste their money on Mountain Dew; they should be spending it on vanilla lattes as their betters do.
One commentator observed that “it’s notable that a 24-ounce McDonald’s Coke (with 81g of sugar) would be banned, but the much pricier 24-ounce Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha Frappucino (with 87g of sugar) would likely not, due to its milk content.”
Ever wonder why do-gooders like Bloomberg never go after those disposable diapers that are used once, tossed in the trash, and end up clogging the world's landfills? Because the do-gooders use them. Therefore they are worthwhile. Can't be banning them.
Ever wonder why do-gooders like Bloomberg go after guns because of the death count that results from their misuse but never suggest that the much, much deadlier automobile be banned? Because they have need of the automobile. Can't be banning them.
It's our choices in life that need to be monitored and regulated.
We are, to Mayor Bloomberg, contemptible, rapacious savages. Nothing more. Savages that need to be governed at every level of our existence.
Got a fat ass? Bloomberg is there to force you to lose it, whether you want to or not.
In the United States of America. May God have mercy.
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It's worth acknowledging, by the way, that the people of New York City elected - and reelected - this guy to the highest office in their fair metropolis. So if they're accepting of his totalistic approach to governing their every thought and action, that's fine by me.
As long as they keep him a safe distance from the rest of us ...