Thursday, May 31, 2012
Adding Sugar to the Republican List of No-Nos
According to the NYTimes this morning, “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 administration of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg 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.”
I can already hear the cries of “what’s next?” Will it be a beef ban (not with that tobacco-level lobby), control of coffee consumption, booze (nope, tried that), discouraging the use of white flour and white sugar, trucking fresh foods across the country? There’s all kinds of potential here and some of it, I have no problem with. Since I don’t do refined sugar and you shouldn’t, either, I say, "go get ‘em’, Bloomberg.”
Of course, the Repubs have been going after our individual freedoms with the fierceness of a pissed off Tazmanian Devil. Consider, for example, all the reproductive functions middle-aged white Repubs believe they should control for women, after patting them on the head and calling them "poor dears." How about who sleeps with whom and who can marry. The list is long and now it’s sweet.