DC Trawler

Michael Bloomberg smuggles food-fascism south of the border

Ese loco yanqui está preocupado de que usted es demasiado gordo, México!

Amy Guthrie, WSJ:

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has taken center stage in a heated debate in Mexico over whether to slap a special tax on sugary soft-drinks to help the country curb growing epidemics of obesity and diabetes.

Having been tripped up in his efforts to get New Yorkers to cut back on soda, Mr. Bloomberg has brought his campaign south of the border, where he has backed a government proposal to tax sugary drinks in a country that is a huge market for Coca-Cola Co. and other soft drink companies…

Bloomberg Philanthropies, the umbrella organization for Mr. Bloomberg’s charitable activities, has donated $10 million over the past two years toward combating obesity in Mexico under a three-year program. The organization’s website lists “raising taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages” as one way to combat obesity in Mexico…

On Monday, opponents of the proposed tax ran full-page newspaper ads nicknaming the initiative “The Bloomberg Tax” in the hopes that nationalism will persuade members of Congress to reject the bill.

Well, Obama and Eric Holder already gave them a bunch of our guns. Bloomberg might as well give them some of our taxes.

Drinking too much soda is bad for you. Therefore, it is the purpose of government to discourage you from drinking too much soda. That’s how these guys think. They think that’s their role. They think they know how to run your life better than you do. And in a lot of cases, they might be right. (I’m looking at you over there. Yes, you. I mean, come on.)

It’s also none of their business. If somebody wants to drink soda, and somebody else recognizes that desire and fills it, that’s between them. Nanny-state scolds can go jump in a lake, if you’ll excuse my language.

I’ll take Michael Bloomberg’s nutritional advice seriously when he shows us his abs.