More disturbing news has just come out of New York City, which is quickly climbing to the top of my list of places I would never want to live. This is due both to its insanely high taxes and purely insane Mayor, one Michael Bloomberg, who has enacted a sort of Food Gestapo to control what people are allowed to eat.
The Mayor’s most recent flexing of his personal power over what food & beverage choices that the people who have opted to gift NYC with their presence and pay his bloated salary concerns the size of “sugary” drinks. Bloomberg’s plan would impose a 16-ounce limit on sugary drinks sold at movie theaters, restaurants, delis, street carts and sports arenas. This alone raised an alarm to those of us inclined to believe in personal freedom of choice in what we put into our bodies voluntarily and legally. The Mayor’s cronies have since been bandying about ideas to take their control over what can or cannot be eaten and in what quantity even farther.
The Bloomberg-picked (so naturally they would be impartial) NY Board of Health that rules on the Mayor’s dictatorial plans for controlling diet was so enamored with the ban on large drinks that it is now debating adding its own rules to additional food products, including popcorn and…milk. Yes, MILK products, due to their high calorie count.
As I’ve argued before, government involvement in health care is a slippery slope, and its involvement in our lives and diet is, and always will be, a bad idea. As government works its tentacles into our daily lives in the form of healthcare, it will feel empowered to dictate exactly what we can or can’t eat, because after all, the government is looking out for our well being and more importantly is on the hook for the bill. As I stated in my article:
The government is taking a stance of assumed negligence on the part of every American – that we don’t know enough to do what is in our own self-interests and that they must act to prevent theoretical threats from befalling us. Once the precedent is set that the government is our unofficial caretaker and well-being watchdog, there is nothing to stand in the way of constant sweeping mandates to the way in which we live our lives under the auspices of keeping America healthy.
Perhaps the greatest tragedy of all, however, is that our children may never understand how hilarious this scene truly is. I know I don’t want my future son to ask me, “Daddy…what’s a Big Gulp?”
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