The entire nation has rightly mocked Mayor Bloomberg and his ban on soda sales over 16 ounces.
Now the NAACP has jumped in and said the government can't discriminate against minorities. By blocking sales of sodas over 16 ounces at the shops that are in their neighborhoods you have increased the cost of their soda purcheses. It also discriminates against the shop owners who sell these larger sodas in their stores who would no longer be allowed to carry them. It's becoming a legal mess.
But New York knew the risks and proceeded anyway. What NY lawmakers didn't proceed with, was Bloomberg's earlier proposal to ban the sale of soda to people on food stamps. As the NY Times reported in 2011;
The Agriculture Department, wrote that the waiver the city sought was denied because of the logistical difficulty of sorting out which beverages could or could not be purchased with food stamps and because it would be hard to gauge how effective the step was in reducing obesity. As an alternative, Ms. Shahin suggested the federal government could work with the city on other efforts to encourage consumers to make “healthy choices.”
Sadly 2 short years later the great state of South Carolina is looking to pick up the liberal experiment that was too liberal for NY. The State's front page above the fold story headline is Ban buying cola with food stamps?
Now I can hear some people saying hang on a second. If you're on food stamps, we the tax payer should be able to make you eat healthy food so you don't compound our liability with health issues. That is how a liberal thinks. "The state knows best and if the state can control individuals, it's for all of our good. You want freedom? Go earn it". But that isn't what the founders said.
They said all men are created equal endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
When you become an American citizen you don't have to work for your freedom, it is a right that we recognize as something granted by God. We don't intentionally create different classes of citizens and when we see the government attempting to do so, we need to all point it out. As a citizen of this country we all share in certain benefits. One is the safety net of food stamps. You may not agree with the government plan to help people who earn less than a certain level with food, but I and most American's do agree with it. If that changes we the people can end it. As a reminder of some stats 55% of food stamp recipients are children or senior citizens. 41% of them have jobs. 92% are not on welfare. It is temporary assistance to help them through a rough period. Like unemployment. If the government said people on unemployment could no longer have cable TV would that bother you? What if they said people receiving social security could no longer eat doughnuts? But I paid for my social security benefits you may cry! No more than the person who paid taxes did before needing food stamps. And what about the people who due to injury or illness are never able to work, should they not receive Social Security benefits? It's not a retirement plan. It's original name was Old Age, Survivors, & Disability Insurance. It's an insurance plan that covers all citizens including those whom have never and will never pay in to it. It's something the American people decided we wanted to do for all of us. If we decide to end it, or modify it we're not entitled to a refund. The same would hold true if you cancelled your health insurance policy that you've paid in to for 30 years but never seen a doctor.
What the Agriculture Department knew, and the law makers of New York quickly understood was, that if you allow the government to tell it's citizens that by accepting this food assistance you can only eat the food we say, then you have violated the freedom of every American citizen! If soda's are out... so are desserts. And if desserts are out... so are processed food. And once processed food is out... then commercially grown produce has to go too. Because if a nutritionist could force all of us to eat what their research shows is best for us, it would be organic, grilled fish, fruits, & veggies. Of course the government may sell exemptions to certain companies for the right to have their product sold to citizens...
We the people can never give our government the right to tell any of us what we can eat or drink. Because once we let them tell some of us, they have an entry point to start telling all of us.