Mayor Bloomberg wages a war on soft drinks and it stinks

Freedom a word or a right?

By Garth Baker

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to propose a far-reaching municipal ban on sales of large-size sugary beverages by restaurants, mobile food carts, movie theaters and delis, his administration said on Wednesday.

A document outlining the proposal said it was aimed at fighting an epidemic of obesity, citing public health statistics showing that 58 percent of New York City adults and nearly 40 percent of city public school students are obese or overweight.

Isn’t obesity in some cases a choice? If I choose to not be healthy, what is it the concerns of any form of government?

Are there not more pressing circumstances that need to be dealt with? How about focusing on gasoline prices per gallon rather than a 64 oz big gulp that might make me fat, or how about the trillions of dollars of debt rather than a super sized order of fries? How about the thousands of men who have died in a war liberating another country or maybe even all the jobless Americans who don’t have any idea where there next meal is coming from? Not to mention the livelihood of the people who rely on the sales of the items they are trying to ban.

What is the real meaning behind this? It’s not to help society to become healthier; it’s about gaining control and the more little things that get controlled just prepares for when the big things hit. Like mandatory pricing, mandatory health care, mandatory etc.

What is Next?

Be careful, people. These free United States and our democratic society is turning our freedom into just a word rather than an right.

6 Responses to "Mayor Bloomberg wages a war on soft drinks and it stinks"

  1. garth777   June 1, 2012 at 5:52 pm

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  2. Kevin Birnbaum   June 1, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Bloomberg is 100% correct and I wish every city leader had the guts to do the same. No one’s taking any rights away for becoming an obese person – you can go to the store and buy as much crap as you want and open the door to your diabetes and rotted body which puts a drain on everyone’s health insurance plans. Or you can buy TWO 16 oz drinks instead of one at a theater. Obesity IS a major health concern in this country. Garth, Bloomberg is a mayor of one city for crying out loud, not a senator or congressman to solve the country’s national ills. Just local ills. Better watch your own ticker – this conspiracy paranoia can only cause you stress, high blood pressure, and anxiety attacks. I know! Have a 32 ounce Coke to soothe your nerves!

    • Doll   June 1, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      Bloomberg is 100% wrong, as having rights to this freedom, that freedom, taken away, sneaks up bit by bit and, as could happen, over time you might find Big Brother has complete control over lives.

      In this case, think on having freedom of choice, not on obesity issues.

      • Kevin Birnbaum   June 1, 2012 at 4:35 pm

        No one is taking anyone’s rights away. This is so lame. Can you still buy sugared drinks? Yes. You want to buy TWO 16 oz drinks? Go ahead. Along your line of thinking, people’s rights were taken away when a 15-year-old is not allowed to buy tobacco or alcohol. Your rights were taken away when selt belt and helmet laws went into effect though they have saved the lives of idiots and those who could have been killed by those same idiots. MPAA guidelines for movie viewing took away your viewing rights. Pediphelia laws took away your kiddie-porn rights. Understand what a right is first before you say your right is taken away. Want a GOOD example? The Patriot Act that stripped U.S. citizens of their rights. So yes, you do have freedpm of chpice with sugared drinks – buy gallons of the stuff and use an IV into your vein – you have every right to do that. But apparantly not suicide. No, wait, I guess it’s the same thing after all.

        • Doll   June 1, 2012 at 5:15 pm

          You got off subject track, Kevin, by comparing logical disallowments to the illogical disallowment of one making their own decision in choosing what size soft drink they’d like to order. Not an issue to get worked up over though.

  3. Doll   June 1, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Mayor Bloomberg embarrasses himeself with an idiotic easy-to-get-around shameful freedom of choice taking rule. A rule that must be erased.

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