On Thursday, the Mayor of New York City "unveiled" his plans to push for a ban on super-size sodas sold at restaurants and movie theaters.
The targeted sugary drinks of 16 ounces or more is the Mayor's way of fighting obesity, or so he said, during his daily radio broadcast and assured New Yorkers he is only looking out for their health.
As I said in my earlier report, his message is welcomed and on point: We do need to drastically reduce our sugar, fat and salt intake, for we are becoming an obese-ridden nation. However the method is highly suspect for establishing a police state is certainly not the way to go. Take a look at the war on drugs--that battle has sorely and surely been lost.
Moreover, the Mayor whole-heartedly supports Doughnut Day this Friday which points out some hypocrisy in his obesity battle. The sugary, fatty breakfast food is also hazardous to our health. In fact there are a myriad other foods that can clog our arteries, bring on a case of diabetes and heart disease, while contributing to the pound pillage.
Draconian laws will not work, for the Mayor cannot legislate free will and if he bans one food, then he has to ban a whole lot more. Soda manufacturers and restaurants will have a field day with litigation for any pricey lawyer can argue and list a host of other foods laden with sugar, preservatives, additives and other poison.
Incidentally, groceries and places like 7-Eleven, will be exempt from the proposed soda ban for they do not fall under the category of food establishments subject to health department inspection like restaurants.
On the argument that anyone can outsmart the law by buying two smaller sodas which can add up to the "outlawed"16 ounces or even larger, Bloomberg said that having to buy the two drinks may deter consumers from doing so when they think of the added cost.
Maybe the billionaire mayor accustomed to fine dining has forgotten how the fast food restaurants like McDonalds, KFC, Burger King and others operate. One can buy one drink and refill to your heart's content. Are they aiming to ban that practice too?
It's time legislators go after the source: Manufacturers and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to force them to clean up their act and clean up our food. Stop trying to administer Band-aid solutions to massive medical problems.
If we start allowing politicians to legislate us into behaving right, we would pretty soon look around and wonder what part of the world we lived in. Will it be any different from the ones we're constantly waging wars in, under the guise of fighting for human rights and liberties?
Here is the million dollar question: are you willing to be safe, healthy but totally controlled?