08 Jun “Gulp”
New York must be a wonderful place to live. Can you imagine a city with 100% employment, where crime is nonexistent, where every road is beautifully paved, and people just get along? It MUST be nice. Why else would the three-term Mayor decide to put soda on his target list?
Oh you read correctly, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is proposing a ban on large servings of soda and other sugary drinks at restaurants, delis, sports arenas and movie theaters. He proposes limiting drinks to16 ounces. 16 OUNCES!!! What kind of wuss only drinks 16 ounces? Seriously, I could down that in one slurp.
Well done, Mayor Bloomberg, well done (clap, clap, clap). You deserve a standing ovation from my tallest finger.
Why is he proposing something so silly? He wants to save us all from obesity.
This guy is proof positive you can have all the money in the world and still not be able to buy any class (or a clue). Bloomberg is the 11th richest person in the US, but he forgot one little thing about the soda drinking ban. It is NONE OF HIS BUSINESS. Plus this is the same man who “recently issued a proclamation declaring Friday doughnut day in New York.” Seriously!!!!
On the one hand I can see his point of view. Take me for instance. I hate seeing a fat person when I’m working out (which is why I never go to gyms with mirrors). And I TOTALLY agree that it is tragic when your country has an obesity epidemic and a skinny jean fad. You see a larger person in skinny jeans and you can almost hear the seams of their pants screaming in pain. I Get IT.
But how does it make any sense to have parts of the country legalizing weed, with others outlawing soda? I’ll tell you, I’m starting to believe 99% of people in this world are stupid (luckily I’m in the other 2%).
Not to beat a dead horse here (although it does make a really interesting “thud” sound), won’t people just find other ways of being obese if that is what they choose to do? Is soda the real problem, or is our lifestyle the problem? How about sitting in front of a computer all day blogging, or playing “Minecraft?” Bloomberg isn’t fighting obesity, he is advocating taking away a persons personal right to choose. That is kind of what government does. Ayn Rand once said, “There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. When there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.” And slowly your freedom is stripped away.
According to MSNBC in 2012 there were 40,000 new state laws passed. 40,000!!! And that is only at the state level.
I found this quote by Alexis de Tocqueville from Democracy in America this morning. It literally jumped off my screen and smacked me in the face.
Society will develop a new kind of servitude which covers the surface of society with a network of complicated rules, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate. It does not tyrannise but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.”
― Alexis de Tocqueville
So we are all on the same page, I have no problem with educating people about healthy food choices. List the calories. But after that “Let Them Eat Cake” and wash it down with whatever size beverages our freedom loving gullets want to splurge on!!
I remember that a seat belt law was passed when I was in high school. They wouldn’t pull you over for not wearing one, but if you were pulled over for something else you would get nabbed for it too. I believe it was called a “secondary offence”. This morning, coming into work, I saw a “Click it or Ticket” billboard AND heard a commercial on the radio about it. My question is, “Who is paying for the billboards and commercials?” Are these our tax dollars at work? As a mature adult (HA HA HA HA), I’m sorry. I almost got that out without laughing. As an adult, I chose to wear my seat belt. It makes complete sense to me. But if I choose not to it does not affect one other driver at all. Not one little bit. If I wrap my car around a pole and go flying out the window, who is the idiot? I AM.
It is called “reaping what you sow.”
This may sound silly, but (you Darwin believers will love this), I almost think we should remove the warning labels from everything at let the herd thin itself.
We, supposedly, live in a country where we can choose to take care of ourselves. It’s called FREEDOM. Choose to live wisely, or don’t. If you choose not to, you suffer the consequences. Why does the government want to take away our basic right to care for ourselves and families the way that works for us? What’s next, limiting the number of children we can have?
The soda is just a symbol. You can have my “Super Big Gulp” when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers!!!