Yeah, that’s not a sentence I ever expected to write, either. But this is one instance where my inner-Libertarian streak comes out. Last weekend, at the annual Conservative Political Action Committee convention, Sarah Palin drank a Big Gulp from 7/11, and mocked New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, who attempted to enforce a municipal ban on soda drinks that exceed 16 ounces. A NY Judge blocked the law before it had a chance to take affect, but Bloomberg says he plans to appeal the ruling.
This is exactly the sort of over-reaching “Nanny state” policies that I hate when liberals try to enforce. If you don’t like the way some people are living, pass a law, or raise taxes (or both), to force them to behave the way that you think they should live. And it’s always with the best intentions, of course (which is what the Road to Hell is paved with).
“With so many poor neighborhoods suffering the worst of this epidemic…It would be irresponsible not to try to do everything we can to save lives,” – Mayor Bloomberg
Yes, think of the POOR people! We must protect them from themselves! They can’t stop themselves from drinking big sodas, so we should take the option away from them!
Meanwhile, people like Michael Bloomberg (networth $27 billion, as of 2013) will still be able to get all the soda they want.
Believe me, I’m not trying to deny the rise of obesity in America, particularly among children, but there are some things we can’t just look to the government to solve. Y’know, when I was a kid, my friends and I used to stop @ 7/11 and get big gulps all the time, along with candy bars, donuts, and all sorts of junk food. Except the difference is that we didn’t sit on our butts all day playing video games, we actually went out and did stuff. I used to walk about 3 miles to school and back everyday, when I was Elementary School. So I got my exercise. And if I want to drink soda, then that’s my business. I don’t need any politician telling me otherwise.
Just my opinion.