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The Benefit of Bloomberg's Big Beverage Ban

The Teleprompter Speaks Wrote: Jun 20, 2012 11:19 AM
You can still buy two 16-oz drinks. I wonder what the point is, then? Just make things more inconvenient? Somebody will come up with new products or creative methods to get around this ban. It's not only unconstitutional and stupid, it's useless.
Sorceress Wrote: Jun 27, 2012 9:20 PM
It's called the reusable cup. You can get them up to 64 oz. or better. Just buy the amount you need and pour them all into the big one. Problem solved.
Everyone expected that New York City's Board of Health, all 11 members of which were appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, would rubber-stamp his proposed 16-ounce cap on servings of sugar-sweetened soft drinks. But at a meeting last week, several board members zeroed in on the most obvious problem with Bloomberg's plan to treat adults like children: It does not go far enough.

Given Bloomberg's avowed goal of reducing New Yorkers' waistlines by reducing their calorie intake, his soda scheme is indeed absurdly inadequate, as he inadvertently emphasizes every time he minimizes the extent to which it will restrict consumer freedom. Once...