New York City Plans a Ban on Large Sugared Drinks
“Kneel before me. I said… KNEEL! Is not this simpler? Is this not your natural state? It’s the unspoken truth of humanity that you crave subjugation. The bright lure of freedom diminishes your life’s joy in a mad scramble for power. For identity. You were made to be ruled. In the end, you will always kneel.”
—Loki in Avengers. He was the villain, btw.
Two great/mind-boggling statements from the linked-to NYT article about the heroic mayor saving New Yorkers from their own fat:
1. Mayor Bloomberg spouting the insane comment, “I don’t think you can make the case that we’re taking things away.”
2. And because living in NYC isn’t expensive enough: “He also said he foresaw no adverse effect on local businesses, and he suggested that restaurants could simply charge more for smaller drinks if their sales were to drop.”
In summary, this new plan will limit choice, increase prices (which may then decrease sales), and increase waste (since two 16oz bottles take more materials/energy/etc to produce than one 32oz bottle).
Oh, and this ban doesn’t affect juices, which are thought to be pretty much as bad as soda when it comes to sugar content.
Why is it when the government wants to help, it so often ends up hurting?
via Laughing Squid