New York City Mayor, Nanny Michael Bloomberg, has a new target – alcohol. He believes he knows what’s best for the people of New York City, and wants to dictate how they live their lives. Since he can’t be in every home and establishment, he’ll do what government nannies do best (or worst) and regulate commerce. And he’ll implement his plan with federal dollars!
First, Mayor Bloomberg went after smoking in public places. Then trans-fats, salt and sugary drinks.
Now Bloomberg — known for sipping fine wine and downing a cold beer from time to time — wants to crack down on alcohol sales to curb excessive drinking, according to a provocative planning document obtained by The Post.
The city Health Department’s far-reaching Partnership for a Healthier New York City initiatives proposes to slash the number of establishments in the city that sell booze.
Community “transformation” grants provided under President Obama’s health-care law would help bankroll the effort.
One of the goals listed in the “request for proposal” document to community groups is “reducing alcohol retail outlet (e.g. bar, corner store) density and illegal alcohol,” the document states. (Read More)
Hey, why not just ban alcohol altogether? We all know how well prohibition worked in the past.
In related news, the City of New York is continuing its stimulus-funded war on food.
In a new set of posters in English and Spanish, the health department depicts the steady increase in sizes of soda cups and sleeves of French fries against backdrops of unhealthy people, including a diabetic man who is missing most of one leg. The ads, which began appearing in the subway system on Monday, warn that obesity and diabetes have become more common as the average size of food servings has risen.
“Portions have grown. So has Type 2 diabetes, which can lead to amputations,” reads one headline over a series of ever-more voluminous soft-drink cups. In the background sits a man in a wheelchair with a stump where his right shin should be.
The ads herald the city’s latest attack on sugary drinks and fast foods laden with fat and salt. The health department tried unsuccessfully to ban New Yorkers from buying sodas and other sugar-sweetened drinks with food stamps. (Read More)
Do they think people are so stupid that they don’t understand that large portions are higher in fat and calories? Who knows, maybe they are that stupid – they keep voting for guys like Bloomberg.
Update: Never mind! The mayor was just brainstorming, that’s all.