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Many are criticizing (rightly) the proposed large soda ban in NYC proposed by Mayor Bloomberg.

“There they go again. The New York City Health Department’s unhealthy obsession with attacking soft drinks is again pushing them over the top,” said Stefan Friedman, spokesman for the New York City Beverage Association.

Here is the transcript on a Real Clear Politics video of the mayor:

“We’ve got to do something. Everybody is wringing their hands saying we’ve got to do something. Well, here is a concrete thing. You can still buy large bottles in stores. But in a restaurant, 16 ounces is the maximum that they would be able to serve in one cup. If you want to order two cups of the same time, that’s fine. It’s your choice. We’re not taking away anybody’s right to do things. We’re simply forcing you to understand that you have to make the conscious decision to go from one cup to another cup,” NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg said about his proposal to ban sugary drinks 16oz or larger.  (emphasis mine)

Exactly my point.  This is Agenda 21 thinking at its best or worst.  We’ll decide what is best for you and use government power to do it.  That is exactly what sustainable development is after – don’t take my word for it, take Mayor Bloomberg’s (or actually the New York Observer’s report on the Mayor’s positions):

The past several weeks we once again saw the Mayor at his best and at his worst.  At his worst, he berated a NY Observer reporter who raised the issue of term limits. At his best, he demonstrated the political courage to experiment with banning cars from parts of Times Square and Herald Square, and pushed hard, if unsuccessfully, to get  the City Council to tax plastic bags.

Try this Bloomberg quote on immigration:

“I would argue the federal government should go one step further. They should deliberately force some places that don’t want immigrants to take them, because that’s the only solution for these big, hollowed-out cities where industry has left and is never going to come back unless you get some people to move there,” he added.

Had enough?  I sure have!  Agenda 21 is a program to force people to do what is best for elites and environmental wackos.  Time to stop it.  Get ICLEI out of your town or city.  Fight Agenda 21 smartly.  But fight it.  Memo to NYC City Council:  Stop the Bloomberg madness by positive legislation.

Hat;s off to James Stack for the idea!  Thanks!

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)


  1. SovereignMary says:

    I would suggest that N.Y. Mayor Bloomberg move to Venezuela and become roommates with Hugo Chavez since they seem to come from the same ideological plain.

  2. BJH says:

    But wait! Won't ordering more than one cup produce more garbage? B/c NYC is definitely low on garbage. WTF?


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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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