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Tomorrow is the big day, or should I say tomorrow is the small day.  Tuesday March 12th is the first day of Mommy Mayor Bloomberg’s large sugared drink ban.  According to the new rule.. city restaurants, street vendors and movie theaters can no longer sell  oda and other sweetened drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces.  According to the mayor its OK because we are all a bunch of idiots…who can’t understand portion control.

“We’re not banning anything. It’s called portion control,” Bloomberg said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “It’s a typical way that companies use to and governments use to explain to people what’s in their interest and what isn’t.”

In reality it is not portion control, it is a soda tax.  Because people who want more than 16 ounces of soda at a movie theater will purchase two, which will cost them more money.  But Bloomberg, who believes in Abortion because government shouldn’t interfere with a woman’s body…is trying to control what we all put in out bodies.

Bloomberg said residents of the city can still have as much soda as they want, just not in the big containers.

“If
you want to have 32 ounces, just buy two 16-ounce cups,” Bloomberg
said. “Take them back to your seat. If you want 64 ounces, take four
cups back. But what’s likely to happen here is you’ll take one and
probably not come back for the second, but it’s totally your choice.

“We’re
not banning anything, it’s called portion control,” the mayor
continued. “It’s a typical way that companies use and governments use to
explain to people what`s in their interest and what isn’t. Every food
manufacturer and soft drink manufacturer, they have portion control.

The real question should be “Is it the government’s business?”

“More people will die from the effects of obesity than from
starvation, and we’ve got to do something about this.” said the Mommy Mayor. This is going to
bankrupt the country. Our medical system cannot handle it. It — being
overweight is the first time it’s gone from a rich person’s disease to a
poor person’s disease.
We’ve just got to do something.”

Oh so the nation’s poor are too stupid to understand being overweight?

 As far as bankrupting the country–that’s totally wrong. .Jonah Goldberg explained the concept in his  book, The Tyranny of Cliches (a must read):

Think about it–nearly every person who dies before they retire saves
society money, because that way the government gets to pocket their
Social Security and Medicare tax payments without paying anything back
out. Moreover, the older you get, the more medical costs accumulate.
From a purely actuarial perspective, all of these people…who claim
that our health-care system needs to be reformed because our life
expectancy is too low (its not) miss the point that if we dramatically
increased life expectancy in this country we would lose money on the
deal, because that would mean dramatically increasing the length of time
old people collect retirement benefits and increasing the number of
claims they make on the health-care system.

In other words “the state” has no interest in keeping us healthy. The
only reason for these rules is that Bloomberg’s progressive policies
direct him to tell people how to live their lives. That is not what this
country is about.

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