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
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."
Via the New York Observer