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.”
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.