David Frum somehow decided that he should defend Nanny Bloomberg’s idiotic, ineffective and inane soda ban proposal. The result was pathetic, and when I say pathetic, I am talking MSNBS level here!
So let’s defy the trend here and say: Good for Bloomberg. Obesity is America’s most important public health problem, and the mayor has led the way against it. This latest idea may or may not yield results. But it is already raising awareness. Even if it fails to become law, it ought to prod the beverage industry into acting as more responsible corporate citizens.
So, the idea might not actually accomplish anything, but it will raise awareness. Awwww, how touching, let’s all light a candle and sing. Frum continues
Americans drink more soda for the very simple reason: it’s getting cheaper. The inflation-adjusted price of soda has declined by an estimated 48% over the past 20 years. Improvements in packaging account for much of this price decline. It costs barely anything more to manufacture a 64-ounce “double gulp” container than to produce the former standard sizes.
Of course, the fact that it tastes good has NOTHING to do with why we buy it. I would point out to Frum that more and more folks are drinking diet sodas, but why stop him? He is doing such a great job making an ass of himself. Let us look at possibly the most asinine paragraph EVER penned, not counting everything Charles Blow has ever written of course.
Some object that the mayor’s proposal to restrict serving sizes will restrict liberty. But the liberty restricted is not the liberty of the soda-drinker. If they wish, soda drinkers can buy a 2-liter bottle of soda at the grocery for about $1.70 and pour as much of it down their throats as they wish. The liberty that is being restricted is the liberty of the soda seller to manipulate known human weaknesses to the seller’s advantage and the buyer’s detriment.
Good grief! I have headache from reading that. Apparently, Frum forgets that SOME soda “sellers” are COMPLETELY unaffected by this stupid law. And, I suppose that he never thought that restaurants might, you know give REFILLS on those 16oz sodas? Or will Bloomberg have police stationed at all restaurants? Maybe Frum could volunteer for Soda Nanny duty? I am sure Bloomberg would give him a spiffy uniform and badge reading David Frum Soda Refill Control Czar! Douchenozzle!
Now, for the BIG FINISH!
But if a restraint on soda serving size will not do everything, it may still do something. Or possibly not. The idea may fail. The idea is an experiment, and most experiments fail. We learn from failure how to design a better effort next time. And when we do at least succeed in this difficult struggle for public health, we will all owe New York’s visionary mayor our thanks for leading the way.
I believe Frum may have actually suffered a stroke before writing that last bit of drivel. Good grief!