In case you haven’t heard, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) wants to ban the sale of sodas over 16 ounces in New York. I’m really glad there are no larger, pressing issues facing New York City so that
Doubcheberg Bloomberg can focus on this most crucial of issues.
Yeah, I know, there is an obesity epidemic in this country. I know that high sugar content drinks contribute to it. What I don’t get is why the government feels the need to get involved by banning large sodas. What’s to stop someone from buying two or more smaller sodas to equal more than 16 ounces? We’re going to ban those sodas, but feel free to buy that Bic Mac and super-sized fries. Apparently, they don’t cause obesity. Oh, and you can still drink all the fruit juice you want. No sugar in that. /sarcasm.
And let’s talk about enforcement, shall we? Just how is this going to be enforced? Are they going to create a new government agency to oversee every restaurant in NYC to see if they’re selling contraband sodas? Or will they simply hire more people to work for the Health Department to enforce this nonsense? I can see it now, back alley soda deals going down. This whole thing is ludicrous!
But really, this isn’t about sodas. It’s about control. It’s about the government trying to control what you can and cannot buy or do or eat. Banning restaurants from selling sodas over an arbitrary size won’t put a dent in the obesity epidemic. If people want mass quantities of soda, people are going to drink mass quantities of soda. They will just get it somewhere other than a restaurant, or order more than one. This is just another example of government intruding where government has no business intruding.