Mayor Bloomberg needs to keep shoving meat pies in his mouth because every time he opens it he says something stupid. Just because you happen to be a dolt, Mayor Bloomberg, it doesn’t mean the rest of us are. Stop crafting legislation meant for babies because people tend to live up to your expectations. Hopefully that makes sense to your infant mind.

Mayor Bloomberg’s soda ban is less popular than the bends, but that doesn’t seem to be stopping him from defending it. He’s at it again, and his defense today is just as sad as it’s been since the unveiling.

“The increase in sugary drink consumption is the largest single cause of the rise in calories in the American diet in the last 40 years. Many studies show consumption of these beverages is linked to weight gain and obesity, and more recently, diabetes and heart disease. ..”.

Response: One could argue that the correlation between a lack of self-discipline and obesity is stronger than the correlation between soda size and obesity.

Other studies show that people given larger portions simply consume more without noticing it or reducing calorie consumption at subsequent meals. …

Response: People who are treated like babies tend to act like babies, and the Bloomberg’s of the world have been treating Americans like infants for decades. Now they wonder why their constituents have no sense of responsibility.

Critics claim this policy restricts choice. But, currently, people almost never have the choice to purchase as small as an 8-ounce beverage, which was considered adequate for decades.

Response: When I don’t want to drink 16 ounces I tend to just … not fill up the cup all the way, add more ice, or pour the excess down the drain. It’s worked for me since I was a kid just fine. Try it, Mike.

Notice once again that the Soda Jerk never bothers to ask what the proper role of government is. All that matters to the Bloombergs of the world is that the self-righteous caprices of the masters (i.e., them) are implemented. Their good intentions trump your individual rights because they know what is best for you, for the community and the society at large. You can not push the buttons on the soda machine until the guys working the levers of power in government tell you it’s okay; to resist them is to resist “progress.”

Wrong.

Liberal busybodies are never satiated because their goal to control the population is always thwarted by the complex nature of man. The liberty-stealing politicians’ problems are exacerbated because they believe that more laws and more regulations and more obstacles are the answer — as if people can be treated like glorified cattle.

The way you change someone’s behavior is by making a compelling moral argument that resonates. That takes time and effort, and it’s not something you can do by using the tax codes to redistribute wealth. And so, the Mayor Bloombergs of the world don’t go there.

Today, it’s hard to make a moral argument because we live in a cesspool of moral relativism. No one wants to be judged. We make reality television stars out of the most debased and disgusting individuals. We make celebrities out of vapid millionaires who make sex tapes, and then laugh when they make a mockery out of the institution of marriage. We’re not allowed to stigmatize irresponsible sexual behavior, but then we wonder why individuals have zero impulse control when it comes to sugary snacks.

We’ve made a despicable mess of ourselves, and instead of acknowledging that we’re a nation of irresponsible pigs wallowing in arrested development, we allow the Bloombergs out there to prolong the pain, steal our liberties and engender a kind of hopelessness that perpetuates the cycle.

And finally, to add insult to injury, the “studies” the wannabe slave masters cite to lure people into passively accepting their fate comes from San Francisco researchers with obese egos:

“There is nobody on the face of the planet who needs a soda, let alone a 32-ounce soda,” said Robert Lustig, a pediatric obesity researcher at the University of California at San Francisco who is a vocal proponent of restrictions on sugary drinks.

The question isn’t whether anyone needs a soda, but whether idiots from California or New York have a right to prevent me from entering into a lawful contract with the vendor in a manner that leaves us both happy — I give him money and he gives me soda.

How would Professor Lustig like it if I followed him around for weeks at a time and annotated all the things he does that he doesn’t “need” to do, and then gave that list to politicians who would “correct” or “curb” that behavior through arbitrary changes to the tax code and intrusive regulations? I’d much rather live next to the guy with a voracious appetite for Coke products than the politician or researcher with a voracious appetite for power.

You’re an idiot, Mayor Bloomberg. Stop treating the rest of us like one.

24 comments

  1. Yesterday Bloomie came out in favor of decriminalizing marijuana possession.

    Let me see if I’ve got this right:

    Soda = BAD
    Pot = OK

    Thanks, Mike “Mel Brooks” Bloomberg.
    I was fuzzy on that point.

  2. I strongly disagree with Bloomberg’s approach and with the nanny state mentality in general. I too am a strong believer in personal choice. However, people are growing fatter and their fat feet are on the accelerator with the cliff of US insolvency due to obesity-related healthcare eating GDP is fast approaching. What do we do?

    You are right, fuckwit liberals like Bloomberg don’t get it. Their solutions tend to be lame and easily lambasted. However, I haven’t heard any solutions from conservatives. Or any ideas for that matter.

    That said, your quote “[t]he way you change someone’s behavior is by making a compelling moral argument that resonates” is not a solution to America’s obesity problem. Clearly the a bladder buster 64oz soda jug has a more compelling argument than your nebulous “compelling moral argument” to most Americans. Your “moral arguments” solution sounds good in principle, but it is air. It doesn’t have any weight. If we have a moronic solution on the left, what is the right’s solution? I’d love to hear it.

    1. Are you blaming U.S. insolvency, largely (no pun intended), on obesity? Umm…yeah. As I said, a lot of people have zero self-discipline. If society encourages people to give in to every whim and sexual desire, why do we act shocked when they can’t control themselves in the fast food restaurant? Our obesity “crisis” isn’t a crisis — it’s a symptom of a much deeper set of cultural problems.

      Ultimately, if someone wants to be a fat loser, that’s their call. I’m sure there are free market solutions that would reward guys like me who eat sensibly, exercise and live a responsible life. The answer is not laws, laws, and more laws. Someone get AEI, Heritage and CATO on the line.

      Or…crazy Japanese guys? http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8Ou3zPD5aog

      One easy fix would be for guys like Bloomberg to stop giving their employees unlimited access to sugary snacks: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/06/05/no-soda-limit-at-bloomberg-company-despite-proposed-nyc-super-size-ban/?test=latestnews

    2. Not as sketchy as if I edited your comment to, “Editorially, it’s a little GODILOVEFATPEOPLEWHODRINKLOTSOFSODAICANTTHINKSTRAIGHT.”

  3. So… your answer is simply “stop sinning fat losers?” Oh brother.

    Again, I’m not arguing for more laws. I’m asking what your proposed solution is. If you are sure there are “free-market solutions,” let’s hear them. Surely, conservatives have the answer and during your reading you have heard them. Let ‘er rip.

    1. You’ll have to forgive me if I haven’t spent time worrying about the “obesity” epidemic because, quite frankly, I’m not concerned about what individuals shove down their gullet. In fact, I think it’s pretty low on the totem poll. Every restaurant you go into you can basically get calorie counts if you want. Most people know eating like crap is bad for you. They have the information. If they choose to eat 3,000 calories a day and then sit on their butt, so be it.

      You see a “fat” problem that needs to be addressed. I see a cultural problem that starts at the family and local community level. When I was a kid my mom kicked us outside after a few hours of video games. We played sports. We weren’t allowed to eat crap all day. We had to eat our fruits and veggies. We learned that you couldn’t always get what you wanted. And shocker — all her kids turned out to be upstanding citizens (who aren’t gluttonous losers).

      The problem with liberals is they feel the need to pretend to be experts at everything. Conservatives say, “Here are the principles we need to apply to a given problem. Where are the people who are best suited to address it? Let’s find them and teach them these principles.”

    2. “Here are the principles we need to apply to a given problem. Where are the people who are best suited to address it? Let’s find them and teach them these principles.”

      Interesting solution. But grossly ineffective given that 8 out of the top 10 obese states were red states in the last presidential election. Perhaps your fellow thought leaders can put down the KFC bucket and Big Gulp and walk away from watching NASCAR on the couch long enough to follow the example set by your mother’s household.

    3. Like I said, you’re the one who seems to think obesity is a bigger problem (no pun intended) than I do. I honestly would rather have fat people than people who want to micromanage my life.

      But, if you do want to treat a symptom (e.g., fat people) of a broader cultural problem, I’m sure there are many solutions out there that don’t involve infringing on other people’s liberty.

      Most people who are obese in this country are poor people — not rich. And yet, liberals keep attacking them. So let’s play the liberal game. Why do you hate poor people so much, liberals? Not cool, guys. Not. Cool. At. All.

      I wonder where NASCAR fans got the idea that liberals were elitist douches who look down on anyone who doesn’t look like Stephen Colbert? Hmmm…

    4. So… your answer to a 40% and climbing US obesity rate is that it is not a real problem, only a symptom of moral decline like reality television and vapid sex tape millionaires to be solved by experts preaching right behavior.

      You make this too easy. I ask for your ideas an you say it not a problem and offer digs at solutions I don’t even agree with. Again and again I say I don’t advocate new laws limiting soda choice or support similar initiatives. But still you harp on liberals.

      If I ask a simple question to a issue facing our country, could you offer an answer rooted in you conservative ideology without mentioning how dumb you think liberals are?

      So I guess I can expect no real solutions to the obesity epidemic from you and, by extension, conservatives. Moving along.

      You implying I’m a “liberal elitist” because people’s who’s racing enjoyment cones from watching cars circle a track for hours? I am not a liberal, though if not associating with that lot makes me elitist, he’ll yeah I am. I live near Daytona Beach Speedway and have been there on race weekends. My political beliefs have nothing to do with my belief that many if not most NASCAR fans are mouth breathers.

      Besides, you rag on “gluttonous losers” so you shouldn’t have a real problem with me poking fun at NASAR fans, right?

      40% of Americans being obese is a “cultural problem.”

    5. You always seem to forget that I don’t write this blog to spend undue amounts of time going back and forth with you. I’ve said my peace, and I’ve responded to an adequate number of your posts. When you start paying me to give the world a laundry list of “solutions” to obesity then I’ll spend the limited amount of time I have to write, read and have a social life to accomplish that task.

      Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to take a shower (I exercised this morning … which seems to have a weird effect on my weight) and I have a long day to put in at the office.

    6. Most fat people are poor and liberals are attacking them so liberals hate fat people? Hahahahahahahahaha

      Ah, those crazy liberals.

      On a serious note, watch that new HBO documentary on obesity.

    7. Me me ask again. What are conservatives doing on a “family and community level” to solve this “cultural” issue of obesity in the 8 out of ten red states that are the most obese in the nation?

    8. Ryan Messmore has done a lot of good work on those issues. His six-part Seek Social Justice DVD series was excellent, although I hate that he felt the need to use “Social Justice” in boneheaded attempt to “take back” the term.

      Oh, weird … doesn’t this reply kind of indicate that maybe I have plenty of “solutions” for you, and that perhaps a.) I don’t feel like breaking down a six-part DVD series, or my many conversations with Ryan, for you in my comments section and b.) I was telling the truth when I said that I really don’t rank obesity as something that interests me in terms of a national “crisis”?

      Yep.

    9. Thanks for answering. I checked that out. Interesting, though it doesn’t mention obesity specifically, the ideas could apply to that as well.

      Do watch the HBO documentary. Worth your time.

    10. You and our edit button. Adding the digs didn’t really adding anything. I wasn’t being a jerk, I’m just tired of people complaining all the time without offering anything. It’s easier to sit on the sidelines and bitch than do anything about it. Though, I agree that Bloomberg’s is worse than doing nothing.

    11. It doesn’t imply that. You offered up a DVD set dealing with social justice issues not obesity.

      I have no doubt you don’t think it a problem from your answer. I can read. Statistics about obesity, obesity-related healthcare costs, and the poor being unable to pay for healthcare suggests it is actually a problem. Let’s agree to disagree.

    12. You don’t think that many of the principles and approaches to the problems in that series could be applied to a problem like obesity? Okay… You’re right, I disagree.

      You’re often like Bill O’Reilly. When someone doesn’t go on Bill’s show or doesn’t respond to his questions he accuses them of being scared or dodging him. Really, Bill? Maybe they just don’t feel like answering you, or they don’t feel like engaging in endless debate.

      I’m pretty open about loving Heritage, CATO and AEI’s research (just three organizations among many that do great public policy work). Again, if you want more insight into specifics, I suggest turning to them, following their twitter feeds, and then finding other like-minded, state-based organizations that are doing great work.

  4. As upset as I am about New York’s newest dictator, I believe it the citizen’s fault. They shouldn’t have allowed him to go up for re-election a third time. That shows how corrupt the people are already. They’re getting exactly what they asked for in electing him.

    1. Good point. At some point you get the representatives you deserve. Like I said, the culture is poisoned. There is a lot of work to be done, and one election isn’t going to change that. It’s going to take a long time to get out of the hole we dug for ourselves.

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