New York’s Nanny Bloomberg wants to ban sugary drinks over 16 ounces. Because we puny humans can’t think for ourselves and need politicians to tell us how big our drinks can be. So goodbye Big Gulp, Slurpee and even Starbuck’s Venti. Simply–the real message sent by ridiculous laws like this is that people can’t think for themselves and must be controlled by government.
New York City plans to enact a far-reaching ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts, in the most ambitious effort yet by the Bloomberg administration to combat rising obesity.
The proposed ban would affect virtually the entire menu of popular sugary drinks found in delis, fast-food franchises and even sports arenas, from energy drinks to pre-sweetened iced teas. The sale of any cup or bottle of sweetened drink larger than 16 fluid ounces — about the size of a medium coffee, and smaller than a common soda bottle — would be prohibited under the first-in-the-nation plan, which could take effect as soon as next March.
The measure would not apply to diet sodas, fruit juices, dairy-based drinks like milkshakes, or alcoholic beverages; it would not extend to beverages sold in grocery or convenience stores.
Yes, I know people are overweight. Even if New York had the money to spend, which it doesn’t, wouldn’t it be smarter to address the issue within a public education framework as opposed to banning big drinks? Truly, so people will simply order 2 8oz drinks, or will that be eventually made illegal as well? It’s inevitable with this mindset that certain people will eventually not be “allowed” to buy certain foods. If we give in this madness, there is no end to it.