People across the nation are up in arms over New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to ban sugary drinks larger than 16 oz.
Bloomberg has attempted to justify the ban by stating that it’s purpose is to fight the obesity epidemic.
On Thursday, Quinnipiac University released the results of a poll indicating that 51% of NY voters oppose the ban, while 46% support it (I can’t believe people are on board with this).
Despite opposition, the absurd law is expected to pass, and would result in hefty fines against public establishments (theaters, restaurants, etc.) that do not comply.
As if the soda ban isn’t bad enough, the health board that Bloomberg assembled is now considering food bans on other large-sized items, such as milkshakes, coffee beverages, and movie theater popcorn.
It appears that any high-calorie food or drink item could soon be under fire by the New York City Board of Health.
Right now, they’re focused on limiting sizes, but it isn’t a far leap to expect they will start trying to ban certain foods all together.
We’ve reached a very sad state when the government doesn’t believe we should even be allowed to decide what we eat or drink.
This isn’t an issue of obesity. It is an issue of personal rights and a government that’s far over-stepping its bounds.
Not only should every food organization that’s involved be filing lawsuits, the residents of New York should be livid enough over this that they’re working towards recalling their out-of-control mayor.
It’s time to wake up, people! If your government is telling you what you can & can’t put in your mouth, you’re not living in a free country anymore.
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