The Democratic People's Republic of Cambridge, MA jumps on Mayor Bloomberg's bandwagon, I will rewrite it a bit for clarity:
WHEREAS: High intake of soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages increases the risk of obesity and diabetes;High levels of taxation and regulation reduce the rate of job creation and population in-migration … and
New York City has a plan to limit the serving size of soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages sold in restaurants; Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri have plans to lower the rates of taxation and regulation … now therefore be it
That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to refer the matter of a ban on soda and sugar-sweetened beverages in restaurantsan elimination of all taxes and regulations to the Cambridge Public Health Department for a recommendation.
HT to my friend John B. Don't we tell our 6 year old kids, "just because Johnny is doing it doesn' mean you should?" Finally, wouldn't this sort of thing require a tax on the activities of governments? Mayor Bloomberg and New York City did not take into consideration the "external costs" its decision to ban sodas would have on citizens of other communities who get motivated by New York's paternalism and authoritarianism … where are all those "market failure" people now? Crickets.
What particularly nauseates me is not that Cambridge or NYC gets the nuts to pass these sorts of laws (or consider them) but that I have to live in a world where I am supposed to be civil to people who think like this. Sorry folks, I don't respect you, you have not earned it.