Last month, writes Stier, employees at a local shelter "turned away food he brought from a bar mitzvah." It didn't conform to the new regulations.
I know the rationale. If the homeless eat nutritional food, it could reduce the number of health problems and presumably lower the cost of health care.
But more than the issue of salt and portion size is the greater issue of liberty, which is being slowly but steadily eroded by big government that wants to save us from ourselves. The freedom to choose what to eat, drink, smoke and a lot of other things -- and to accept the benefits and consequences that go with these choices -- are the wedge issues that government uses to snake its way into new areas of our lives.
Our Founding Fathers issued many warnings about the dangers of growing and intrusive government, which they sought to control with the Constitution. Among the best was from Thomas Jefferson: "Most bad government has grown out of too much government."
No better example of that can be found than in what Mayor Bloomberg has forced on the hungry of New York City.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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