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H.L. Mencken must have known about Paterson and Bloomburg

The kind of man who demands that government enforce his ideas is always the kind whose ideas are idiotic.

– H.L. Mencken

This quote goes quite well with the newest news in NYC fight against anything they deem bad for you.

Bloomberg and Paterson planned to announce Thursday that they are seeking permission from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers the nation’s food stamp program, to add sugary drinks to the list of prohibited goods for city residents receiving assistance.

If approved, it would be the first time an item would be banned from the federal program based solely on nutritional value.

The idea has been suggested previously, including in 2008 in Maine, where it drew criticism from advocates for the poor who argued it unfairly singled out low-income people and risked scaring off potential needy recipients…

The ban would apply to any beverage that contains more than 10 calories per 8 ounces, except for milk products, milk substitutes like soy milk and rice milk, and fruit juices without added sugar.

There still are many unhealthful products New Yorkers could purchase with food stamps, including potato chips, ice cream and candy. But officials said the proposal targets sugary drinks because they are the largest contributor to obesity.

“We continue to see a dramatic rise in obesity among children, especially in low-income communities,” state Department of Health Commissioner Richard Daines said. “This initiative targets a major public health threat — the high consumption of sugary beverages — which have little to no nutritional value.”

You know what else is a cause of obesity? Not enough exercise. Somehow I think people might get upset at forced marches for the poor. What do you think?

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  1. yttik
    October 8, 2010 at 13:04

    It’s a creepy precedent, besides, what’s really bad for you is high fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners like aspartame. Regular old sugar is practically health food compared to all the chemicals we’ve created.

    Here where I live, we’re trying to repeal our crazy sales tax on food. If it’s taxed, you can’t buy it with food stamps, except for confusing exceptions. However, we have a really powerful candy lobby so Nestle’s crunch bars and Twix are not taxed, while certain nutrition bars are, bottled water, soda, as well as several food products produced locally. Pasteurized, processed and imported, no tax. Healthy and produced within the state economy, likely to be taxed. It’s really crazy and giving retail salespeople a headache because it’s practically levied product by product. Try programming your till and training your cashiers to remember what is what.

    • October 10, 2010 at 10:46

      That’s the problem with letting government have this type of power. They will always exempt their political allies and friends. They will make such a mess out of it all that more money is wasted on the bureaucracy than actually “helping people.” As if people needed to be helped in the first place. Notice how this ban doesn’t affect milk products. I wonder how much money was pledged to Paterson’s or Bloomburg’s reelection campaigns from milk producers?

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