Even Michael "Soda Ban" Bloomberg has his limits.
The Gotham mayor and quasi-cartoonish villain of nanny state-haters everywhere is drawing the line at forcing folks to exercise, reports the New York Observer. While appearing on a morning radio show speaking to precisely the demographic that doesn't stand for state meddling in the mundane affairs of mankind, Bloomberg detailed his POV:
You have to be practical about what legally you can do and what people will do. There are some things we try and force you to do. If there's asbestos in the classroom or your office building, we force you out. If you want to drink and drive, we try and stop you.
When it comes to actions typically deemed a matter of self-control, however, Bloomberg prefers the "nudge" strategy:
I think some of these other things - calorie counts in chain restaurants so you can see what you're eating - are okay. But when it comes to forcing you...the only thing the government can do practically is education. Exercise is great for you, but how do you convince people to do it? Should you force them to do it? Probably not."
WORKFARE not Welfare. Most welfare are obese. This has to be a peer pressure thing, not a govt thing. You take half my seat on an airline and I'm filing an official complaint. The obese are costing Health care an estimated 190 billion dollars a year. They should have to pay for that, not me. I lost 40 lbs and have kept it off 5 years by simply not eating CRAP. You really don't have to have gravy on everything you eat. Nor do you have to pile back sodas and sweet tea every day. A salad with a small can of Tuna on it wouldn't hurt either. Less than 2.00. What does that Big Mac, fries and Three trips to refill soda cost you?
@jessejaymes my statement relies on the study that obese and smokers kill themselves off more quickly so they cost less in the long run also if you chose self destructive habits I think you should have to pay your own way
@jessejaymes then take it up with those who are trying to make you pay for it. Fat people aren't trying to make you pay for anything. An overreaching government is. Fat people don't stand to line their pockets with your extra cash..corporations do and then politicians do after they get lobbied. Follow the money. Who's got a motive?
The only reason Bloomberg isn't making you do EVERYTHING he wants is the Constitution of the United States, lol. Left to him alone? He would mandate exercise and at certain times during the day also, lol, or face domestic embrago, lol.
We laugh at it now. But it's coming... and not long off neither.
@Sonny - Here's some facts, it's too much for the government to take away someone's Big Gulp and it is too much for the government to pay people to be healthy. We shouldn't even be discussing whether the government should force people to exercise.
@Neo_NtheMatrix First, the concept of "paying people to lose weight"----was a Mayo Clinic study---and NOT some government program.(So YOUR "fact" here is not correct!...Second...I don't live in New York---I don't even buy "Big Gulps" ----And I have no problem consuming any particular beverage I like...I suspect that you don't either...If those in New York city have a problem---then they should elect a new mayor next time around. Third, Once again...the man never said that he would "force people to excercise"...That is a FACT...
@DrNickels No problem...Just wanted to make sure that everyone knows that "blubber-butts" exist across the entire political spectrum. And, once again...that there are just as many on the "right" who receive what you call "welfare" as there are on the "left"....Its just that there are more hypocrites on the right than anywhere else on the political spectrum.
---I suspect that "projection" is just another one of those right wing made-up "pseudo-intellectual " terms used by Limbaugh & the like, to try to invent something that doesn't exist, except in the minds of the far-right only...LOL----Nice try!
@Sonny Oh sonny what would we do if not for you, to enlighten us on the evils of the right! Really what does being overweight have to do with being left or right, is it a genetic thing or just more propaganda from you? And lets talk about hipocrisy, i think you got the market cornered there friend!
Well I don't that enforcing "DUI" laws is "paternalistic"... And the Mayor clearly has said that there are lines -----and sometimes "education" is all government can do...I see absolutely nothing wrong in any of that. Everyone already knows that the average American waistline is ----well-----"Growing "!!!...And people have every right to be as fat as they want to be in this country....Seems to me---that Bloomberg has more than clearly acknowledged that.
He has made no such acknowledgement; On Wednesday the famously public health-focused mayor proposed a ban on the sale of large-sized sugar-sweetened beverages — that includes sodas, sweetened teas and coffees, energy drinks and fruit drinks. If approved, the proposal, which is slated to take effect as early as next March, would prohibit restaurants, delis, sports arena vendors, movie theaters and food carts regulated by the city health department from selling sugary beverages in sizes larger than 16 oz. Fines for failing to downsize could be as high as $200. 2005: At the mayor’s urging, New York became the first city to force restaurants and other food vendors to phase out the use of artificial trans fats, which have been linked to obesity and heart disease. The initiative inspired other cities, including Philadelphia and San Francisco, to pass trans-fat bans of their own. Now entire counties and states are considering regulations that would take the fats out of their food. 2010: In his first swipe at the soda industry, Bloomberg proposed barring people from using food stamps to purchase sugary sodas. The U.S. Department of Agriculture rejected the proposal saying it would be too difficult to enforce. 2010: Bloomberg urged state legislators to pass a soda tax that would allow the state to collect an additional penny per ounce of sugared soda sold; it failed to pass. Salt is also on the mayor’s hit list. He wants packaged food makers and restaurants to reduce sodium by 25% in an effort to lower rates of high blood pressure and heart disease.
@Sonny I could care less about what he says he obviously is attempting to control eating habits with legislature which disproves your contention that Bloomberg has more than clearly acknowledged that people have every right to be as fat as they want to be in this country
@Sonny I was referring to the fact that actions should be your basis for fact not words in fact I believe you are the first person of the opinion that what someone says is weightier than what said person does friendly advice stop taking a politicians word and start examining his actions... Unless you prefer to live in an illusory world? If that's the case my apologies....
this gov has all things backwards,they are not to dictate to us we are to dictate to them. they are not kings and queens as they think,we are not their peasant subjects. they were elected to "serve" the citizens of the USA.
Bloomberg has completely lost his fk***Ing mind and needs to be impeached along with Diane Feinstein for mental incompetency. They will both be responsible for the downfall of the Democrats next election.