And we should defend that against all its enemies. Martin at What Would the Founders Think uses Nanny Bloomberg as an example of an enemy of liberty
In this particular case, New York State Judge Milton Tingling ruled that the Mayor of New York and the Board of Health had far overstepped their bounds of authority.
The rule would not only violate the separation of powers doctrine, it would eviscerate it. Such an evisceration has the potential to be more troubling than sugar sweetened drinks.
It is arbitrary and capricious because it applies to some but not all food establishments in the city, it excludes other beverages that have significantly higher concentrations of sugar sweeteners and/or calories on suspect grounds, and the loopholes inherent in the rule, including but not limited to no limitations on refills, defeat and/or serve to gut the purpose of the rule.
In other words, it’s just plain ludicrous and devoid of rationality.
That it is. If Bloomberg, or any other Statist can ban certain sizes of “sugary drinks”, what is next? Certain size steaks? Certain sized portions of BBQ? Maybe certain pies or cakes? Statists like Bloomberg are fanatical, their thirst for power is never sated. there will always be “something else” to ban, or limit, and of course, it will always be “for our ow good”. Martin knows this as well as I do
Personally, I don’t drink soda, but somehow manage to carry around a few more pounds than is good for me. I eat more than my body requires. But that’s my business. Choices have consequences – it’s not the government’s job to make sure that all my choices meet with the approval of a “public servant.” He may have been elected mayor, but he wasn’t elected God.
But never fear, Bloomberg is here to save the estimated (who’s estimate?) 5,000 New Yorkers who die every year because they are too fat. His office wasted no time in announcing via twitter,
We plan to appeal the sugary drinks decision as soon as possible, and we are confident the measure will ultimately be upheld.
We believe @nycHealthy has the legal authority and responsibility to tackle causes of the obesity epidemic, which kills 5,000 NYers a year.
Gosh, what was this judge thinking! How dare he stand in the way of this selfless billionaire mayor and the Department of Health!
Folks, freedom is too precious to waste, or cede without a fight. Statists like Bloomberg who want to tell us what to eat, and other Statists who wish to tell us what we can read, watch on TV, say, and when we can display our faith, or what type of gun we can own, or what size magazine, or what kind a car we can have are just as dangerous as Bloomberg. The choice is clear, our liberty, or a Nanny State?