I wonder if Mayor Bloomberg is running for President of Europe. He certainly has the disdain for democracy down well.
Today, the Board of Health of NYC passed regulations that banned supersized sugary soda beverages:
New York City has passed the first US ban on large-size sodas and other sugary drinks being sold in restaurants and other eateries.
The measure was passed by eight members of the city’s mayoral-appointed health board, with one member abstaining.
Of course, the proponents are unrepentant in being your nanny:
Health Commissioner Thomas Farley called the measure “a historic step to address a major health problem of our time”.
This from Yahoo news:
Board members rejected opponents’ claims that they merely rubber-stamped the latest Bloomberg initiative, saying they discussed the issue at length and felt obligated to take what board member Dr. Deepthiman Gowda, an internist who teaches at Columbia University, called “a small step but a bold step and an important one.”
Gowda and fellow board member Susan Klitzman, director of Hunter College’s Urban Public Health Program, said they worried that the city was becoming acclimatized to the problem of excess weight.
“I see the crisis every single day and I feel to not act would be criminal,” Klitzman said.
The board member who abstained from the vote, Dr. Sixto Caro, an internist, said he did so because he was not convinced a ban would make a difference in fighting obesity.
Even the abstaining board member still has that nanny spirit! Time to fight! If you live in New York City, speak to your City Council member. Make it clear: You want this ban REPEALED! I would also go to Albany and appeal to the state legislature, too!
BUT let’s understand ONE thing: This is Agenda 21 mentality at work. Let an unelected board do what is “best” for us, regardless of liberty! I am sure the proper “stakeholders” were consulted. But not the people. Another reason to get ICLEI out of your town!
Laws like this ought to be unconstitutional. The Supreme Court has seldom since the 30s overthrew an economic regulation on the ground that it violated substantive due process. But maybe this needs to be challenged. It probably will not win. But there is something to ol’ Lockner v. New York after all…