small screenshot for the lazy:
He decided that the
serfs citizens of NYC are too stupid to choose what quantity of soda they want should not be able to purchase large containers of soda in certain areas. This sparked some debate. Progressives stood up and defended it with their maxim- “Government should do good where it can, how it can, no matter the cost.” Libertarians stood up and demanded that their constitutionally gauranteed right (I’m not sure this is on the bill of rights…) to diabeetus “Shall not be infringed”.
I have a simple question for those who sign on with this ban- If Government can literally limit what size soda we can buy because “it’s good for us”, what limiting principle is there, if any, for determining what choices can and cannot be made for us by politicians and bureaucrats? “Common Sense” you say? Well I think common sense says that “assault weapons” (poorly defined and politically chosen term) have not curbed violent crime or illegal gun users. Just recently there have been mass shootings in California and NY, both of them have some of the toughest gun-laws in the country, common sense says we need to look at the very draconian laws in place that were enacted, right? But merely bringing this up often causes gnashing of teeth. They have a much different idea of “common sense”.
This nanny state crap makes me want to puke. Most people with half a brain do not try to buy huge soda containers and down them in one sitting, even if they did, they can choose to do this at their own peril… The same way those idiots on youtube try to jump over campfires and the like. Say, why not ban jumping more than a bureaucratically-decided number of inches into the air, given the possible danger and injury? Back on topic – many I debated on the web who supported this idea, said that this was a good idea, that it won’t “go too far”. I chuckled. “You really believe that they’re going to stop here once the door is opened?” “Yes”.
Time for me to call Canada and strike to collect my internet money:
A Bloomberg picked panel is mulling over more food bans.