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A walk down memory lane with ‘Nanny Bloomberg’

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Caroline May
Political Reporter

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has ideas about how his constituents should live their lives, and he is taking steps to ensure that they comply.

This weekend Bloomberg ordered the mandatory evacuation of 370,000 people from low-lying areas of New York City — which technically made it a crime to stay in the parts of the city he shut down. (RELATED: Irene fails to flush Old Guard from Tomb of the Unknowns)

Despite Bloomberg’s assurance that “nobody is going to get fined and nobody is going to go to jail, but if they don’t evacuate they could die,” the episode was reminiscent of Bloomberg’s other dictates over the years. As Walter Olson, senior fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies, pointed out, Bloomberg has made a name for himself as one of the most overbearing mayors in the country.

“Bloomberg is a national symbol of ‘for-your-own-goodism,’ if you want to call it that,” Olson said. “The idea that where we used to think you had rights to run your own life it turns out the government has a right to correct and second-guess you for your own good.”

DONT SMOKE!

Bloomberg has made it clear that New Yorkers should not be smoking, and he has taken action to make his desire a reality. In 2002, he instituted a ban on smoking in all restaurants and bars. This year he intensified it, extending the ban to city parks, beaches and public plazas.

DON’T EAT TRANS-FATS!

In 2006, New York City became the first city to ban trans fats in bakeries and restaurants.

“Nobody wants to take away your french fries and hamburgers — I love those things, too,” Bloomberg explained. “But if you can make them with something that is less damaging to your health, we should do that.”

BE AWARE OF CALORIES!

In 2008 Bloomberg instituted a regulation requiring chain restaurants to display calorie information on their menus.

STAY AWAY FROM SALT!

In early 2010 Bloomberg opened a new front in his health crusade, going to after salt with a so-called National Salt Reduction Initiative. The plan to urges companies to reduce the amount of salt in their products by 25 percent over five years.

SODA IS BAD!

Bloomberg has also been pushing for a tax on soda for New Yorker’s health — and the city’s revenue.

“In these tough economic times, easy fixes to our problems are hard to come by,” he said. “But the soda tax is a fix that just makes sense. It would save lives. It would cut rising health care costs. And it would keep thousands of teachers and nurses where they belong: in the classrooms and clinics.”

Since Bloomberg’s fixes are meant to save New Yorkers from themselves, they have rubbed many the wrong way, earning him the nickname “Nanny Bloomberg.”

“Bloomberg’s actions show contempt for people, not concern for people. He has no qualms about government threats — including threats of violence by city police if need be — to force people to behave the way he wants,” said Steve Stanek, research fellow at The Heartland Institute. “He acts as if his beliefs, tastes and desires should outweigh the beliefs, tastes and desires of millions of New Yorkers and visitors to the city.”

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  • M2matarazzo

    How about he approved of that mosque being built close to the 9/11 site?  Something is just not right with him anymore, he’s turning into a dictator!

  • http://smallthoughtsfromasmallmind.wordpress.com/ Small Thoughts

    Bloomberg and his nanny state are doomed. There is a secret underground group who plans to secretly put salt in his food.

  • Eddie

    New York City deserves everything that Bloomberg dishes out.  Bloomberg circumvented the election laws so he could run a third and illegal time, and won.  The mayor mugged NYC!  It must be nice to be a multi billionaire.  Here is something to ponder: When you have all the money that you could never possibly spend, what is the next logical progression?  answer:  POWER, and Mr. Bloomberg exercises his power at his every whim.  In short, Mr. Bloomberg is a tyrant, he has control issues. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/richardfontaine3 Richard Fontaine

    Well, consider the fact they also elected this guy named Dinkins who almost destroyed the city in one term. Kind of like the current resident of the White House come to think of it.

  • Anonymous

    He is not overbearing he is just another communist JACKASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Guest

    I don’t see how raising taxes on foods/cigarettes that are harmful to your health is a bad thing. We all love to pretend that we have some sort of ‘free market” health care system. The reality is that we all share the burden of an unhealthy society through higher insurance premiums and sky rocking medicare costs. If people are going to make unhealthy choices then they should have to pay more into the system. If they do not then the rest of us who make healthy choices are just subsidizing their lifestyle.

    • Anonymous

      Now I know how he became your mayor you are an ass. I will handle my own insurance and you take care of yours. Then we don’t have the government telling us how to live. It worked before it will work again. Get OUT of my life.

      • Guest

        Typical small minded response. Are you the only one in your insurance group???  Listen everyone pays for the unhealthy in this country. Every time someone goes to the hospital for health problems related to smoking/unhealthy eating all of our rates are affected. This is even worse if the unhealthy person does not have healthcare insurance and they receive the benefit for free through Medicare/Medicaid. By taxing items that are known to increase our nations healthcare cost we can 1. Make them less attractive which leads to lower healthcare costs 2. Force people to pay for their choices upfront to try and offset the higher healthcare costs their choices result in.

        Get out from your ideological box and understand the issue and ways to resolve it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KPYFSDXNGQYTGZ24DOGUIJ2WDQ RichardM

    What I get from this is basically New Yorkers, for all their bravado and tough talk, are simply a big herd of sheep.  They put this guy in office three times.