Thursday, May 31, 2012

Big Government At it again: NYC Bans Big Gulp!

The above link is to a news article published yesterday by the New York Times where Mayor Bloomberg announced that he plans to propose a ban on sugary drinks over 16 ounces. The ban would effect restaurants, fast food, movie theaters, ball parks and and deli's. Thankfully the proposed ban does not attack the vending machine or the grocery store.

Per the article: "Obesity is a nationwide problem, and all over the United States, public health officials are wringing their hands saying, ‘Oh, this is terrible,’ ” Mr. Bloomberg said in an interview on Wednesday in the Governor’s Room at City Hall.

I don't think anyone will deny the fact that obesity is a nationwide issue but let's look at the root cause of obesity; laziness and over indulgence. Any medical person will tell you that if you eat too much and exercise very little you will gain weight. Parents are the real problem and in an effort to not hold people accountable, New York City is dictating to the public that they are too stupid, or lazy, to take care of themselves.  While I understand that the "Occupiers" probably love this notion, unless of course it has to do with getting a job, of the Government telling them what to do, but if you  enjoy your freedoms and relish the ability to make a choice then make your voice heard in opposition.

During the Supreme Court hearing over ObamaCare, a Justice asked the Solicitor General if the Government can dictate health insurance coverage could they dictate broccoli? Now I admit I paraphrase but it is a serious question to be asked. The U.S. Constitution is very clear on what the Federal Government cannot do. That being said and the fact that the ban is at the city level, it starts us down a very slippery slope. 

Parents of America do us all a favor - make sure you kids limit their TV, computer, texting, and computer game playing to less then hour a day and demand they do something more active for a hour a day. Don't take the lazy route of going to fast food for dinner or lunch; instead cook a meal, sit down with your family, and enjoy the time together. It is a little work but it will result in healthier kids and will avoid restricting legislation like Mayor Bloomberg is proposing.