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New York City plans to enact a far-reaching ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts, in the most ambitious effort yet by the Bloomberg administration to combat rising obesity.

The proposed ban would affect virtually the entire menu of popular sugary drinks found in delis, fast-food franchises and even sports arenas, from energy drinks to pre-sweetened iced teas. The sale of any cup or bottle of sweetened drink larger than 16 fluid ounces about the size of a medium coffee, and smaller than a common soda bottle would be prohibited under the first-in-the-nation plan, which could take effect as soon as next March.



This is ridiculous. Between banning smoking in outdoor places, banning trans fat in foods, this soda issue, trying to limit the number of liquor licenses issued in the city, and trying to ban restaurants from adding salt to foods while cooking, Bloomberg has consistently shown he wants to create a nanny state, where he knows better than everyone else how people should live.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/31/nyregion/bloomberg


May 31, 2012 - 10:58 am
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So instead of a 20oz bottle of Coke, you'd have to buy two 12oz cans? Call me crazy, but that seems like a counterintuitive plan.

May 31, 2012 - 11:03 am
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I can't wait to see the black market for BIG GULP cups.

May 31, 2012 - 11:06 am
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Sterling writes:
So instead of a 20oz bottle of Coke, you'd have to buy two 12oz cans? Call me crazy, but that seems like a counterintuitive plan.



As to me, but what do I know. Luckily, milkshakes aren't included.


May 31, 2012 - 11:07 am
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pretty ridiculous!

When I was at the parade on Monday, a man near me was smoking and said he hoped it didn't bother me. My first thought was "if it bothered me, I'd just move to a different spot!"

What ever happened to just making choices?

May 31, 2012 - 11:08 am
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If you drink right out of the Icee machine would that be to large of a beverage, no cup, just twist your head in there and chug.

May 31, 2012 - 11:39 am
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bigluke23 writes:

New York City plans to enact a far-reaching ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts, in the most ambitious effort yet by the Bloomberg administration to combat rising obesity.

The proposed ban would affect virtually the entire menu of popular sugary drinks found in delis, fast-food franchises and even sports arenas, from energy drinks to pre-sweetened iced teas. The sale of any cup or bottle of sweetened drink larger than 16 fluid ounces about the size of a medium coffee, and smaller than a common soda bottle would be prohibited under the first-in-the-nation plan, which could take effect as soon as next March.



This is ridiculous. Between banning smoking in outdoor places, banning trans fat in foods, this soda issue, trying to limit the number of liquor licenses issued in the city, and trying to ban restaurants from adding salt to foods while cooking, Bloomberg has consistently shown he wants to create a nanny state, where he knows better than everyone else how people should live.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/31/nyregion/bloomberg



A nanny state is what the Liberal mind seeks.


May 31, 2012 - 01:09 pm
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I don't know, Seal. I think "a nanny state is what the govt seeks". okay, so I'm over-generalizing, but I think that "they" think they can fix all the problems thru regulation...and it makes them have a sense of accomplishment and worth. The people need me to do this for them.

I say "no thanks!"

May 31, 2012 - 01:15 pm
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Seal writes:
A nanny state is what the Liberal mind seeks.


AverageJoe writes:
I think "a nanny state is what the govt seeks".


Remember folks, we have a government by the people, for the people. There were enough squeaky wheels out there to actually get something like this passed.

The government doesn't care about being a "nanny state". The politicians who make these sorts of regulations are pandering to their bases. Don't blame the game; blame the players.


May 31, 2012 - 01:20 pm
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Sterling writes:
Seal writes:
A nanny state is what the Liberal mind seeks.


AverageJoe writes:
I think "a nanny state is what the govt seeks".


Remember folks, we have a government by the people, for the people. There were enough squeaky wheels out there to actually get something like this passed.

The government doesn't care about being a "nanny state". The politicians who make these sorts of regulations are pandering to their bases. Don't blame the game; blame the players.



The problem is this can be passed without public input. It's passed by the health department, which has already lost a lawsuit in federal court for overreaching on tobacco warnings. The members who vote are also appointed by Bloomberg.


May 31, 2012 - 01:41 pm
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sterling, how many times have you voted for the "lesser evil"??

I'd opt for a complete overhaul, if ever given the option. But, it'll NEVER happen.... at least I'm not holding my breath.


May 31, 2012 - 01:48 pm
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But you can still go to a gas station, grocery store, etc, buy a 2 liter and chug the damned thing. Another stupid law wasting time and money.

May 31, 2012 - 07:43 pm
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The ban was amusing fodder on The daily show and the colbert report last night. :-)

Jun 1, 2012 - 01:43 pm
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Regulation.. First Marriage, then birth, now Fountain Soda!?!?! Now it is personal!

Jun 1, 2012 - 02:09 pm
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"This combines the draconian government overreach we love with the probable lack of results we've come to expect" - Jon Stewart

Jun 1, 2012 - 03:17 pm
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So Bloomberg wants to be everyone's Daddy. What a *****.

Jun 1, 2012 - 04:03 pm
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