Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Nanny-State Rises: New York Tries to Ban Soda, Again!

Not again!

It's not a blanket ban like Mayor Bloomberg lobbied for, but Staten Island Assemblyman Matthew Titone (D) wants to ban sugary drink
s, that are over 16 ounces, for minors statewide.

The law would only apply if the minor purchases the drink alone. If a parent buys it for them that is fine because the adult is making the informed decision.

The Assemblyman compared the legislation to movie ratings.

“We allow children to see G-rated movies on their own, but they can’t see R-rated movies on their own. It’s the same concept,” Titone said. “You know, if a parent or guardian – if they really want their children to have that obscene amount of sugar – they can purchase it for them.”


Titone also wants food and beverages to have warning labels. Titone also compared sugar to cocaine and to guns. If this law passes, everyone in New York State would be required to show I.D. to buy cigarettes, alcohol, spray paint, and now soda.

Even though people may agree that too much soda and sugar isn't good for you, not too many agree with this law proposal. Many feel it is an overreach, just like Mayor Bloomberg's proposal. This is why Titone has yet to find a Senate sponsor for the bill. A spokesman for the American Beverage Association is not keen on the idea, claiming bans do not change people’s behavior.

The courts struck down Mayor Bloomberg's soda-ban, but Assemblyman Titone says that's because the ban was too 'wide-spread.' If this law passes we are sure to see a lawsuit.

This is unconstitutional and ridiculous. The role of the government is to protect its citizens, but not from themselves! Government is here to protect your life, liberty and property. If the government bans soda, for any age-group, it is infringing on liberty. If the minor wants to buy a sugary drink, it is up to them, they have rights and a mind of their own. It is the parent's responsibility to teach the child to not buy soda, or to drink it in moderation. Also, it is most likely that if the minor is buying the drink, their parents gave them the money to buy it in the first place; because most minors do not have jobs, yet. The courts should simply strike down this bill if it passes, but I doubt it will pass. New York may be very liberal, but there's enough votes to stop such a bill before it reaches Cuomo's desk.