After banning smoking cigarettes in city parks, beaches, public plazas and boardwalks in 2011, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg continued his heath crusade last week by proposing a legal limit on sugary drinks.

The ban, aimed to reduce obesity, would ban the sale of drinks in containers exceeding 16 ounces that contain sugar. The ban would impact restaurants, delis, movie theatres, stadiums and street vendors who sell any drink, unless the drink contains 70 percent or more fruit juice or milk.

Such a ban is unlikely to be effective, Heritage Foundation regulation expert James Gattuso explains:

It’s the regulatory equivalent of squeezing a balloon. Restricting one poor nutrition option doesn’t mean the alternatives chosen will not be equally poor—especially if people are as ignorant or apathetic about their own health as the mayor seems to believe.

The proposal brings into question the scope and future of regulations intended to improve public health. A 24 ounce Coke (containing 81 grams of sugar) would be banned under Bloomberg’s regulation. A 24 ounce Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha Frappucino, not covered by the ban, actually has more sugar content (87 grams). Could the regulations expand to coffee and other drinks?

Gattuso worries that there’s no end in sight:

It’s hard to see where this will all end. As the editors of the Los Angeles Times suggest, the “next logical step would be to require restaurants to serve vegetables with every food order, or to require every New Yorker to join a health club, or to ban ice cream.”

What do you think of Bloomberg’s proposal?

Comments (208)

cabinet man - June 7, 2012

The so called elete who know what is best for us are taking our rights away one at a time. If you think this is outrageous, just wait till the new health care law goes into effect. Smokers and people that are considered overweight by the goverment will cost thier employers over 3,000 more a year for health insurance. If you look down on smokers and so called fat people and don’t care, just wait they are coming after you next!!

Earl Rudolph - June 8, 2012

This is just another example of government overreach. Stop it in its tracks now.

Donald Greene - June 8, 2012

Absolutely stupid, but typical of a nanny-state, big government advocate like Bloomberg, who chooses to masquerade as a Republican. RINO, anyone?

Ken Caldwell - June 8, 2012

This whole premiss starts with everyone who thinks that the government should cover healthcare no matter what. From here people like Bloomberg use the idea that if I pay for your healthcare then I should tell you how to live. The fact is the government should not be responsible for anyones Healthcare and if I want to be obese and diabetic it is no bodies business and only my fault. Laws are to protect one from someone else not themselves.

William Whitsell - June 8, 2012

Mayor Bloomberg’s ban on soda is one of the most air-headed, liberal, socialistic, Marxist-want-to-be strikes at our Constitutional freedom I have ever heard of in my entire 62 years of living. His stated intent is as empty as his head, and as meaningless as the ban itself. The Mayor is just a small reflection of the intent of all liberal Marxists, including Obama, i.e., control of the little people under his thumb of rule. It is not and never has been about health. It’s about control, Mayor, and WE know it – no matter how you state it or the frame-of-reference you use to throw it at us. The entire city of New York should stand in front of the Mayor’s residence and demand he take his soda ban to the dumpster!!

Debbie - June 8, 2012

Talk about control freaks! These loonies want to rule every segment of our lives from cradle to grave. Let’s vote them all out of office & put in people who understand the constitution, freedom & the principles this wonderful country was founded upon.

Notice they don’t ever mention that Obummer is a smoker?

T-J - June 8, 2012

Bloomberg stresses me so much that I grab the nearest comfort food which may be candy, beer, wine, anything that helps me vent my dislike for this LIB’S over bearing, unreasonable behavior. I could say more but then I would be as much a fool as he is. I thinks he has caused me to gain 40 pounds so far.

Ralph Litten - June 8, 2012

Absolutely idiotic ! Typical socialists crap. We the people are too dumb to make our own decisions.

Paul - June 8, 2012

bloomberg, like most liberals is always ready to tell us how to live, what to eat where to sleep. It is more intrusion into our personal freedom

Mary Dana Baird - June 8, 2012

Why does anyone have the right, especially in America, to tell another person how much sugar they should have? An adult has the responsibility for his own actions. We are free to choose, but we much accept the consequences.

David Nelson - June 8, 2012

This is micro-managing at its worst. Give me a break!!
Back off, please!

Thomas Hartzog - June 8, 2012

Bloomberg is being incredibly stupid about this matter. What about the candy they sell in movie theaters? What is the sugar content of that? My hope is that he will see the error of his ways and drop it. Besides, can’t the kids just buy 2 sodas? God all mighty!

thedrpete - June 8, 2012

Will it be illegal in NYC to sell a 12 oz. fountain soda with free refills? Will it be illegal in NYC to sell TWO 12 oz. sodas to a single person, even one who claims that one is for a friend out in the car?

Given that a slice of dry wheat toast will increase one’s glycemic index by much more than a heaping cup of granulated sugar, should toast be banned, along with bread, and Wheaties (The breakfast of fatties?)?

Mark - June 8, 2012

More regulation, less freedom, welcome to Hope & Change…….We hope people WAKE UP, and there is a CHANGE COMING, in November

bman - June 8, 2012

Thats why 3 million people have left New York. A bonehead move by a true bonehead

Sam K - June 8, 2012

Doesn’t this guy have anything better to do? My Lord!

Judy A P - June 8, 2012

to be succinct: Abortion – Pro Choice, Big Slurpy – NO Choice. Makes sense to a “progressive”…

Fred Rushton - June 8, 2012

I believe that people have a right to do stupid things if they are prepared to suffer the consequences.

JOHN BERRY - June 8, 2012

Will do nothing to curtail sugar consumption as people can and will buy multiple smaller quantity drinks. It is however another restriction on personal liberty.

michael underwood - June 8, 2012

This stinks! Certainly the people of NYC will not let this stand.

Lee Halverson - June 8, 2012

Mayor Bloomberg needs to mind his own business and keep his liberal agenda out of my life. We don’t need someone to tell us what to eat, how much to eat and where to eat it. All of this makes me want to puke anyway.

sam - June 8, 2012

I think he,s a bloomin idiot and he should stay the hell out of our lives we don,t need the government telling us what to eat or drink and how much we should consume and just like his outlook on gun control its the people that shoot people not the guns he needs to keep his face out of ours or he,ll be looking for a new job

Paul Albert - June 8, 2012

The height of absurdity! What prevents someone from just buying two 8 ounce containers.

Bill Rhatican - June 8, 2012

It’s a throwback to the 1920’s when the “Progressives” tried to legislate behavior…That experiment give us Prohibition and we know how THAT worked out. Liberals obviously don’t study history because they continue to make the same mistakes.

Albert P. Bushey - June 8, 2012

This is just one more example of progressive statism by a far left, liberal mayor who thinks everyone except himself is stupid. Little does he know. His edicts give him away.

Elsie E Connelly - June 8, 2012

I think Bloomberg is getting a little big for his britches. What the heck does he think he is doing. He’s the guy that changed the city charter to enable him to (in essence) become mayor for life. CAN ANYONE SAY GESTAPO BLOOMBERG?

Ruth Earhart - June 8, 2012

These government rules and regulations are getting ridiculous. Government wasn’t formed to live our lives for us. What will they do next — tell us how many times we may breathe per minute. Come on, you idiots! Live your lives the nutty way you want to — and let us choose our own “nuts.” You are FAR oversteopping your bounds!!!! God gave us our lives — and our right to “free choice.” Are you trying to overrule him? IT WON”T WORK!!!!!

Charles Otto - June 8, 2012

It’s just plain STUPID! It’s unfortunate and depressing that Bloomberg and “his people” can find time to even talk about this issue with all of the more-important problems that desperately need attention in the country AND in New York City. Why not put the responsibility for individual mis-behavior, such as eating oneself into obesity, on the individual, where it belongs. People who have an excess of autombile accidents eventually get a huge raise in their auto-insurance premiums. How about raising the health-insurance premiums for people who are obese, It’s now well-known that these people ultimately put a much-heavier load (pun intended) on the health care system than the average person, so it seems only “fair” (a word that is very popular with certain political figures these days) that obese people should pay THEIR “fair share” of the health-insurance premiums in the U.S.A.

Reed D Nelson - June 8, 2012

From what I know about sugar, and I know a lot, sugar should be banned. I support the mayor in this case. I support the Heritage Foundation on most other issues though. Thank you.

R Daybell - June 8, 2012

Instead of eliminating the larger soft drinks. Eliminate the people advocating the idea.
Let the market determine what people wish to buy and get the government out of the way.

JDF - June 8, 2012

What exactly is the job description of a mayor??? Politicians need to STOP concerning themselves with things that are none of their concern!!!

roy lynam - June 8, 2012

Bloomberg is an idiot and that is stating it mildly.He would do well to mind his own business and not try to impose his idiotic values on others. I cannot believe that the City of NY will allow this” egotistic lunatic” to change city laws so that he can extend his time as Mayor once again so that he can make “headlines in the NY Times every day . I love NY City but this guy is off the chart! If he is allowed to run again as Mayor and elected……………….refer to the old saying….fool me once…….shame on the Mayor……..fool me twice…shame on(me) The Big Apple………and I will not go there again! The City is too small for his EGO, he needs to be put on some wasteland in Northern Canada!

Julian Mendrys - June 8, 2012

I feel this has less to do with the proposal and more to do with the people who after 8 years of Bloombergs nanny state policies, decided to give him 4 more. What were they thinking?

Dennis Altom - June 8, 2012

I think Bloomberg should see about moving to Venezuela as I understand there will soon be an opening for an out of touch dictator. Michael Bloomberg could certainly fill that vacuum.

Ronald Kral - June 8, 2012

Things must really be slow in the mayor’s office, with brain activity even slower.

Linda Dick - June 8, 2012

Bloomberg is one too many “wannabe control freaks.” It was stated by Judge Napolitano (Fox News) that only Congress has the authority to consider and pass/reject these proposals.

Mary Myrick - June 8, 2012

Now we are being told what size soft drink one can purchase, what next. Enough of the “Big Brother” government. When are the American people going to wake up and say enough is enough?

scott stroud - June 8, 2012

NUTS! The epitomy of stupidity (ignorance left the station long ago 😉

Ken Bates - June 8, 2012

Stay out of my life! Neither I nor my mother, or any other member of my family, want you as my nanny. Is it too late for you to get a real job?

Just an old Retread - June 8, 2012

You cannot force people to diet, eat better, etc. Any attempt to do so is frivolous at best and too costly. If someone is determined to have their own way, you cannot legally stop them. Whatever happened to ‘People are responsible for their own actions’?

William Pfeifer - June 8, 2012

Let’ ban people like Mayor Doomburge from opening his mouth again unless he can discuss solutions in a rational manner. He should be examined by a Medical person to see if he is sane!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Noelle - June 8, 2012

People need to be responsible for their own health.
Regulation to this extent is ridiculous.

Joe Daigneault - June 8, 2012

It’s unconstitutional.

Terrence Trapp - June 8, 2012

Why doesn’t this clown of a mayor mind his own business, this is America, we supposedly have freedom of choice, remember. No salt, can’t smoke outside, now no sugar drinks over 16 ounces, going to tax us for the air next? Oh yes except under Emperor Bloombucks, and Obummer the pres, hopefully not for long. Vote both of these clowns out. We don’t need these socialist half assed views

Jack T - June 8, 2012

Just because someone is wealthy does NOT make them smart. A major problem some wealthy individuals have is they seem to have a need to control what other people should think, feel, and do. If enough New Yorkers are smart they will find a candidate to replace the current mayor. However, I’m not holding my breath!

Cecil M. Tuten - June 8, 2012

I’m a world war 2 veteran, age 86, and I wonder as I wander, how we, the greatest generation, so called, ever made it when we had no regulations to speak of and no nannies to hold our hand. This is just the latest in the left’s assault on our freedoms. And it will get worse if we don’t stand in the gap against their ursurption.

David Thomas - June 8, 2012

Boomberg is seeking support and donations from the control freek constituency. Meanwhile Rome is starting to smolder.

Kenneth Brinzer - June 8, 2012

Mayor Bloomberg is an oaf. Sorry to say, New Yorkers are getting what they deserve for electing him.

Am I imagining it or is it one absurdity after another coming out of the left?

It’s time to elect intelligent, reasonable leaders. A government that is involved enough to control the size of your soda’s in order to promote health and reduce health care costs will have no problem control instituting death panels (IPABs) in order to manage health care costs

Kenneth Brinzer

Bennett C. Moulder - June 8, 2012

Of course! We are all stupid sheep, who don’t know what is good for us. Big Brother does, though, so He will save us from ourselves.
Freedom after freedom being stripped from us, and it is about time we did something about it!

Linda McLaughlin - June 8, 2012

Mayor Bloomburg’s ban is absolutely ridiculous!

Les - June 8, 2012

It’s none of his damned business what I eat or drink! When are the American people going get enough and send these idiots home?

Jane Turnipseed - June 8, 2012

Let’s see, is he the former Democrat, who became a Republican…then an Independent??? Sounds like his first party declaration was correct!

John Guest - June 8, 2012

If we loose our right to make poor choices and face the consequences, we lose our freedom to succeed by making better choices than most. Where is liberty in that? Where is the fun? Where is the “diversity”?

Elise Richardson - June 8, 2012

It is stupid. People who want to drink more than 16 ounces will just buy more than one. In California a lot of fast food places and restaurants have unlimited refills of soda. Don’t know if that applies in New York, but if so, a customer can just keep getting refills. The government cannot control one’s weight; only the individual can. I am sick and tired of the government trying to dictate every person’s way of life. (By the way, I don’t even drink soft drinks, but I respect the rights of those who do.)

Mr Edward William Peterson - June 8, 2012

He was a lifelong Democrat who switched to the Republican party when he ran for office. He’s no conservative, more like a socialist dictator.

jamie - June 8, 2012

Wealthy elitists who ride a high horse in public office, like Bloomberg, are drunk on their power and glory in their plantation master mentality.

Elsa - June 8, 2012

I think he has good intentions and is concerned for the people of New York, but what I would rather see is a ban on a more serious issue and that is our food that is injected with pesticides, growth hormones and antibiotics . This is never a good thing to put in your body. Sugar in moderation is my practice, but I am never for putting harmful agents in my body. How big can a chicken and cow get until we stop the madness.

Donald Baker - June 8, 2012

Apparently his money had affected his ability to reason. He and Michelle make a great team.

Carl Robie - June 8, 2012

Before I comment on the soda foolishness, I’d like the Mayor’s opinion on the length of my toenails.

rowley - June 8, 2012

The Voters of NYC can have him and his ideology. It’s their choice.
I have no reason or desire to ever visit NYC again or pay taxes there for anything.

Bob Jones - June 8, 2012

The man is out of control crazy. If the people there aren’t smart enough to vote him out they get what they what they asked for. Government has no business telling anyone what to eat or drink.

Rosemary - June 8, 2012

Since Bloomberg’s antecedents suffered under the rule of a socialist maniac who controlled every segment of the German population, to the point where those he did not like or did not agree with his policies suffered severe consequences, it is unfanthomable that he should become just such a socialist himself. Were it not for polititian’s such as Bloomberg’s money, and an ignorant constituency, they would live in obscurity making the lives of their employees and families miserable.

Laura Rambeau Lee - June 8, 2012

I would like to assert my “right to choose”! Liberals are so hypocritical, and this is a perfect example.

youtall - June 8, 2012

how ridiculous, so you buy 2 mediums instead of one large. what is this man thinking?

Robert Bock - June 8, 2012

I think Mayor Bloomberg is out of control. His efforts would take away peoples rights to choose for themselves. More education is what is needed not more controls. I think its time for him to hang it up.

Susie - June 8, 2012

“Mayor, may I have a 64 oz. margarita?”
“Yes, you may. Alcoholic drinks are not covered under my ban.”

Bennie Webb - June 8, 2012

This is supposed to be a free country and than means you are free to make your own decisions about what you eat and drink. Mayor Bloomberg is just like all other liberals/progressives/Democrats that want to control every aspect of our lives. Leave us alone!!!!!!!!!

Paul G. Littlefield - June 8, 2012

The NYT’s reported that Bloomberg would stop “Stop and Frisk” even though it was effective, in his opinion, in making the city safer, because blacks and hispanics claimed it was discriminatory.

So to stop Bloombergs assault on salt and soda, get the black and hispanic community to claim discrimination and he will stop, the bloomin idiot nanny.

steve yearout - June 8, 2012

N.Y. didn’t want to out done by San Fransico, who within the City of S.F. McDonalds “Happy Meals” can’t be sold.
Mayor Bloomberg will demonstrate that through regulation all America can be “guided” to the correct choices.

Myrna Davis - June 8, 2012

Bloomberg should stick to business, and stay out of our business. We can run our own lives without his help, or the help of government. The Constitution was set up to limit government. It was not set up to allow politicians to limit the rights of the people. When will these so-called leaders learn that?

Rayfrid - June 8, 2012

I agree with all those opposed to Bloomberg’s nanny regulating. I add only want to add one simple obvious thing. What is there to stop importing bought soft drinks from New Jersey, Booklyn, Queens, or nearby Connecticut?

Lou Rose - June 8, 2012

Obviously, Bloomberg has never been in the quick casual, aka, fast food industry. He has no clue about the cost of doing business in this industry and the profit margins that are ever elusive.
His desire to reduce the ozs. in a soft drink product is taking away one of the more profitable items on the menu, thereby, increasing costs and reducing the profit margin. You can’t up sell if there’s no other choice. Hence, less money dorps to the bottom line and less profit for the operation.

john - June 8, 2012

why are you going to have a regulation that is un-enforcable? why not have a regulation that says all employees of city, state and federal government should not weight more than 175 lbs.

larry l phillips - June 8, 2012

this socialist proports to be a republican. He is a RINO
and should be driven out of office. If a recall is needed this is the clown that should be recalled. H e, like the other socialist scum Gesorge Soros, are rich to the point of potentates. They think because they are rich that they cna make decisions for the poor dumb underclass,

janna mcmichael - June 8, 2012

Some say this country is one disaster away from a natural/man-made disaster that will destroy the dollar.
When that happens we won’t find any “sugar” on the shelves, and our concerns about the overweight people will evaporate into the greater need to stay alive. Those who are presently overweight won’t be for very long. In the meantime, Bloomberg needs to find some other purpose for his life.

Cal Parrish - June 8, 2012

I’m getting the feeling the only way we will rid America of the “Destroyers” (Commies (in our recent history, we shot these bastards openly and quickly); liberals, Progressives, and socialists) is by bloodshed – THEIRS!
ENOUGH of the NANNY STATE being constantly pushed by the radical left. That is NOT America! I for one will not obey any law from the UN or any illegal order from the impostor in My White House, or anything else not permitted by Our Constitution!

Nancy McCullough - June 8, 2012

Dog-gone it, Now I have to buy two (2) 8 oz. cans of that sugar ‘loaded’ soda. Thanks Mayor Bloomberg for being a ‘good nanny’…………LOL

gary wall - June 8, 2012

he is an idiot, if a person wants more soda, they just buy another.

Dougral - June 8, 2012

If government can regulate drink sizes what is next? Portion control? Requiring a prescribed nutritional balance for restaurant meals? Perhaps extending stop and frisk to stop, frisk and weigh?

Laura - June 8, 2012

Regulating food & drink should be limited to contamination. Our rights are dwindling left and left. Hopefully the buisnesses in New York will get together and retaliate with a huge law suit. Enough is enough.

Ed - June 8, 2012

All my life I have drank a lot of “doda pop.” Now as a senior-senior citizen I’m beginning to reap the benefits.
Good regulation.

Jim Kronenberg - June 8, 2012

I don’t think Mayor Bloomberg’s ban on large sodas is ill-conceived at all. It is the manifestation of a very rich man who equates wealth with intelligence being elected to office reaching its logical conclusion. Mr. Bloomberg and his minions are so intellectually superior to us that only he can save us from ourselves. I live in a place that is almost as effete and silly as Michelle Obama’s attacks on food that is bad for you. There is an element in our society who does not understand that huge drinks with a cup of sugar in them and unlimited meals of greasy burgers isn’t good for them. My feeling about them is ambivalent: Should we “Bloomberg” all of us or do we let them die of their own excesses? This is a country based on making choices and living with them. Michael Bloomberg and his ilk cannot live with that, because “they are so God Damn stupid. A pox on him.

Palerider - June 8, 2012

People complain of having their rights taken away. That is only happening because they allow it. Bloomberg is just another totalitarian tin pot political hack with an emperor complex. He no more has the right to ban sodas than fly to the moon. Disregard this crap and you will not lose your rights. Citizen nulification is the method by which your rights will be preserved. Stop whining! Resist!

Ronald Duthweiler - June 8, 2012

The average (liberal) politician does not think the average citizen is capable of making life’s decisions and we have, therefore, Bloomgerb’s (purposeful mispelling) edict.

Charles Roberts - June 8, 2012

This guy is a congenital progressive and a class A putz.He can’t seem to control his desire to rule and regulate every facet of our lives. His sneaking around the country on the public dime trying to undermine the 2nd amendment has been
the telling sign of his career. He should bless the ground he walks on instead of trashing our constitution and shredding our civil rights. GTFO Mayor Mike!

Norma - June 8, 2012

Someone should analyze Bloomberg’s weekly diet. What is he eating that makes him an airhead? Whatever it is should be banned.

Judith Kypragora - June 8, 2012

Mommieeeeeee, Mommieeeeeeeeeee, Can I have another drink, pleeeeeeeeease? = 5 year old

Please, sir, I want some more. = Gulliver Twist

Gordon Woods - June 8, 2012

This is rediculious, we don’t need any level of government telling us how much we should drink with a single container.

Jean Gaines - June 8, 2012

Bloomberg’s proposal is ridiculous and will not achieve its supposed purpose.

Paula Schlegelmilch - June 8, 2012

My first thought after reading the article was….Bloomberg is an idiot…..and….the people in New York are idiots for re-electing him. He showed his true colors the first time around.

God save us from all the do gooders who want to save us!!!!

Oscar Brown - June 8, 2012

With statists, I sometimes wonder if idiocy correlates with wealth. He seems to have a super-abundant supply of bone-head stupidity. Statists always manage to insult the intelligence of everyone but themselves.

Cheryl - June 8, 2012

If it smells like Big Brother, looks like Big Brother, and raises his fist like Big Brother…then it is BIG BROTHER. Oh, brother…what’s next? Telling chickens to lose some fat and make certain that chicken soup doesn’t taste like chicken soup anymore? Or outlaw Mayo? This is a travesty of the super elite’s making, and it has to stop. He has no legal right to ban anything that is not illegal or harmful to anyone around the person who imbibes the “forbidden” drinks. Mayor Bloomberg gets a new moniker: Mayor Bloomingidiot!

Deborah C Thompson - June 8, 2012

Just one more example of the liberal, socialist, hard left power grabs. The same as the (and I use the term loosely) “health care bill”! It’s all a bunch of hooey! Just “O”, and those who think like him, trying to take all o f our freedoms away. Keep this up, and there will be a revolution! Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, Adams, and Madison, must be turning in their graves. Shame on all of you! Since you obviously don’t love this country….move to one more in keeping with your tactics….like say North Korea, China, Cuba, etc., etc., etc.!

charlie redington - June 8, 2012

i am sure you have all seen the t-shirt that states
(your problem is obvious) and the guy is bent over with his head up his ass!!! need i say more!!!!

Cooper G - June 8, 2012

Enough is enough. Stop the madness!! I have often thought Obama and his minions are the wost thing that ever happened to America. Actually, if not for these morons we would keep on the same path of government over-reach. America is waking up and screaming “NO MORE!!!” Thanks to all you left wing nut cases. America needed this awful presidency to realize how far down the rat hole we have gone. I believe in America and know we are not going to continue on the same path. Thanks Barak, Saul Alinsky,Bill Ayers, even that witch Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid ,etc etc etc. Thanks for opening our eyes to your evil ways.

E.D. Loyd - June 8, 2012

Calling this an “idea” would indicate it came from a mental process so it cannot be true because it is clear that no such mental process would come up with this BS… doesn’t qualify as an “idea”… I will not be participating! Not worth my notice.

Arthur Rankin - June 8, 2012

I find it quite amazing that fruit juice and milk not covered.fruit juices are really nothing,but sugar water and any milk less than whole milk is also sugar water and the lower the fat content the less nutrious.
Bloomberg is a regulatory fanatic and needs to be stopped.

Howard Talley, III - June 8, 2012

The man is insane!

Gerald Blomberg - June 8, 2012

The Union should recall mayor Bloomberg.

Critter - June 8, 2012

If his voter base is this dumb why does he allow them to vote? Guess that level of intelligence does not count. Maybe Bloomberg should have a division of food police patrol all of the kitchens to make sure that every meal is the correct portions and being cooked properly.

Arvid Myhre - June 8, 2012

This is just one example of the stranglehold that government at all levels has on us. People elect idiots to public office and this with their legions of beaucrats try to control every facet of our lives. There is only one way to stop them—–cut off the free flow of money to government. Tighten budgets and hold the polititians accountable for expenditures. If they don’t, replace them.

Mary Martin - June 8, 2012

Life is a lesson in motion. We learn as we grow and as we make decisions. The ‘nanny’ world as embraced by the actions of Mayor Bloomberg does not allow for lessons learned, but only produces mindless robots. A country of mindless robots is not the vision of those that founded this great nation nor is this the vision of those who have paid for our freedom with their service and too often their lives.

Ronald - June 8, 2012

Bloomberg – What an absolute JERK… He should be voted out of office. He has no right to tell anyone what they can and cannot eat. He is just another over-reaching liberal, control-freak. As someone else said, a RINO. Stupid liberals in New York should get rid of this nut-job, and tell him to mind his own business and also stop trying to take away my 2nd amendment rights. We must change the direction of this country back and follow the Constitution of this great country as it should be.

Moose - June 8, 2012

More then stupid like most of the things he proposes. This is what you get when you allow someone to buy an election.

Jude Richardson - June 8, 2012

I agree with those that say it is about control; ie. totalitarianism or tyranny. Overlooked with this arguement of how much and what we eat determines whether we are fat is that we are much more sedentary and fatter no matter what we eat..

Rick Robertson - June 8, 2012

Nanny State, but on the other hand, as another has commented, if the government is going to take care of the population with healthcare, then maybe the government should tell the population how to eat. There is a lot of truth to the saying “You are what you eat”. Reducing obesity solves a lot of health problems, i.e. heart disease, diabetes, knee and ankle problems, etc. Where it stops is the big question. Require fruits and vegetables twice a day? One hour of exercise three times a week?

June Sydenstricker - June 8, 2012

It stinks, like most proposals from today’s politicians!

Roy Callahan - June 8, 2012

Mr. Bloomberg is an arrogant, elitist fascist and the New Yorkers that keep voting him into office are stupid sheep. Neither have an understanding of personal freedom and responsibility. Both think and live the collective and with the people being too dumb to know the difference.

David R. Snyder - June 8, 2012

Bloomberg is himself OVERWEIGHT. The pot calling the kettle black! Sounds like he is listening to a 4th grader. What an IDIOT.

Alison Moss - June 8, 2012

Folks that meddle in other people’s business to this extent need something to do. Mayor Bloomberg would better serve New Yorkers as a part time mayor, thus reserving pursuit of his penchant for meddling for his own time. Blogging about what other people shouldn’t drink rather than legislating it, for instance, would be less offensive to the somewhat free citizenry of NYC. He would forego some power, true, but in exchange for the opportunity to promote (not enforce) the global (not just general) welfare.

Margaret Jenkins - June 8, 2012

Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal to control the size of sodas would be laughable were it not a dangerous move toward destroying ever more of our individual freedoms. What next?

John A. Quayle - June 8, 2012

The more ridiculous and heavy-handed the government becomes, the stronger and more violent the backlash will become. Governments *CANNOT* possibly regulate moral behavior nor any other behavior for that matter. This is simply busibodies needing something to waste time with.

Art Trevallee - June 9, 2012

Looks like we are now living in a dictatorship. Sad that these are the type leaders that the people vote into office. Apparently this type of big brother control is what the “sheeple” want. It is unbelievable that this is happing in the United States of America.

Mr. Lucas Brice - June 9, 2012

If the people of New York City are too stupid to know what to feed themselves, then they are too stupid to vote. There’s something wrong with Bloomberg.

Paul Kaye - June 9, 2012

Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal is rediculous from the word go.

If the government is so hell bent on cutting down on individual sugar intake they could start by restricting the types of food products that can be purchased with goverment issued FOOD STAMPS, no more soda,sport drinks, candy, cakes, cookies, snacks etc. With over 45 million people on food stamps this would have more of an affect, nationwide, on sugar intake than any other proposal. Can one imagine the feed back on that?????? It is as rediculous as Bloomberg’\s proposal


Mike Mullholland - June 9, 2012

Bloombergs NYC I will never set foot in again. I eat, drink, smoke, and carry a sidearm – unlike his “Mighty” I don’t have hired guns to keep me safe as I go about my ADL’s.

Bill - June 9, 2012

Next step by the a-hole mayor will be to come into our homes–guaranteed.

fred hodges - June 9, 2012

Bloomberg is just another liberal elitist who thinks who thinks the rest of us are stupid.

Alan Magee - June 9, 2012

Bloomberg is a very rich idiot!

Larry Pippins - June 9, 2012

Well, I always say, if you can’t solve real problems, you make up an issue and aggressively address it.

Brad March - June 9, 2012

This is another example of the liberals belief that government can make better decisions than the individual can. More freedom lost!

Mark Veckman - June 9, 2012

Bread and water for 6 months. After that he will want a Big Gulp, super size burger, fries, and ice cream.

Ken - June 9, 2012

I think its great. These politicians keep trying to micro-manage us to death. Eventually we will put an end to this and take back our individual freedoms.

VONDELL HASS - June 9, 2012

Just another liberal, socialist trying to control people and dictate how others should live. Where is freedom of choice?

Paul Hammond - June 9, 2012

Cannot buy a soda over 16 ounces? When placing an order for soda, just say, “I will have five 8 oz. cokes please, and give my best to Mayor Bloomberg.”

Karen - June 9, 2012

BIG BROTHER is watching you, now BIG BROTHER wants to feed us too!!

James & Lois Bronson - June 9, 2012

When will the elites of the world stop trying to regulate the rest of us? What will stop someone from buying 2
16 oz. sodas, thereby purchasing more than the amount
banned?? Is rationing and taxing the air we breathe by next?

Elizabeth Holloway - June 9, 2012

Stop this socialist/communist regulation now!!!! It’s not up to the government to regulate our weight or anything else personal!! If people do not take responsibility for their own diets, so be it! But now, this big government nanny-state wants ALL power over us. We will not put up with a totalitarian state!

Richard Peabody - June 9, 2012

How many more dumb ideas do we have “to suffer the slings and arrows of out rageous fortures” before we take the arrows away? The higher our politicians elivate to the more stipid their ideas seem to become.

Jimmy Gulley - June 9, 2012

Is this LEGAL for one buracrat to do this. Jim Gulley

Howard I. J. Collier - June 9, 2012

If this was the past County administration in Cleveland doing this act, I would say that companies, like Coke, have not paid off key departments or people and are paying the price.
It is an old trick used by many city political groups.

Anthony Carestia - June 9, 2012

Bloomberg should resign from public office because as mayor he should be trying to balance the budget, reduce crime, etc. instead of being a nanny for the citizens of NYC.

Ken Marx - June 9, 2012

That the Starbucks drink is worse, is irrelevant. The only thing that matters, here, is that sugar, salt, and smoking bans are ALL an unwarranted infringement on liberty. This is a very slippery slope toward total tyranny!

Ed Pantaloni - June 9, 2012

Its dopey!
Only a liberal who lost sanity would propse this!


Lorraine Root - June 9, 2012

I am really tired of our government trying to direct everything in our lives. The enhanced “patdown” at the airport was enough for me. I won’t fly again, and I joined the Tea Party! The government is shredding the Constitution.

Dr. Pete Kleff - June 9, 2012

Hmmmm…. I’ll have four small sodas, please.

Dr. Pete Kleff - June 9, 2012

Hmmmmmm…. I’ll have four small sodas, please.

Terry - June 9, 2012

As a senior couple, it is not unusual for us to share a drink or often a meal. If there is a limitation on the size of drink or meal the cost for us goes up without having an impact on our dietary intake. Another unintended consequence of ill thought-out regulation.

spike - June 9, 2012

bloomberg and other government officials should butt out! government has becxome too invasive into the affairs of the individual; therefore, it’s time to eliminate those that insist on preaching and forcing others to live by their conservative and take control of your own lives.

Roger - June 9, 2012

Arrogance at its embarrassing extreme. Some people of his ilk are convinced we’re to uneducated to care for ourselves and incapable of making rational choices.
Demeaning at its best.

James Roe - June 9, 2012

i think the ban can help reduce obesity. However, there is the question of personal freedom.

Banning cigarettes should have been done since second hand smoke affects non smokers.

Obesilty also affects the non obese but indirectly through healthcare costs.

Jim - June 9, 2012

It sucks. It is another intrusion on the individual rights of people and should be thrown in the trash can.

Harold Holmgren - June 9, 2012

I think it’s ridiculous, and it won’t work. If I’m in a movie theater, which is about the only place I will drink the large size, because I don’t want to have to go out for another, I would just buy two. I guess the all knowing fool of a mayor also doesn’t realize that the juices that are exempted have just as much sugar as the sodas, maybe more.

Kathy Vera - June 9, 2012

It is just another slippery slope regulation. Stop it now!

Margaret - June 9, 2012

In our Face TYRANNY! No one will stop it! They are all in Cahoots! Next Martial Law and the UN takeover….That’s what the drones are about! It’s easier to round us up and put us where they want us with drones in place for deployment! It is happening as I type….

Jim - June 9, 2012

Everybody in N.Y. should confer and agree on a specific day and time, grab a 24 oz or 2 12 oz containers of soft drink and gather in Times Square. You might even want to invite this A.H.!

John Huston - June 9, 2012

This is just the latest example of a Liberal letting his arrogant attitude get in the way of his intelligance. This is not what politicians are elected to do. I don’t need Daddy Bloomburg telling me what I can and can’t do. Case in point, while I do support the use of seatbelts, but I have never believed Government should be allowed to make me wear one.

Theresa - June 9, 2012

It is a pity that individuals like Bloomberg get elected to public office. His distorted thinking leads to such nonsense which has negative consequences for everyone.

P. McRee - June 9, 2012

I can’t decide whether to call it inane or insane. If I want more than 16 oz, I’ll simply buy a second one.

Dennii Kohrherr - June 9, 2012

Tyranny of the Majority. He bought the Majority with his own money. Now , maybe they’ll realize, they will be next to be “nannied”. Thank the lord that he doesn’t want to be President; YET!

David Balanoff - June 9, 2012

Bloomberg was, is, and always be a left wing nut job. He is a member of the “super elite,” who claims to know what is best for the common folk. Nanny Bloomberg is a control freak, wether it pertains to guns, smoking, or whatever drink pleases us.

L. B. - June 9, 2012

Mayor Bloomberg suffers from the same delusions as President Obama; they both believe they have become Kings and as such, must insure that their “subjects” obey their rulings because our “lowly” status makes us incapable of appropriate judgements of any kind.
Welcome to the pre-revolutionary world of the King of England. My response now is the same as Our response was in 1776 – HUMBUG! Down with the King!

J. Paul Douglas - June 9, 2012

It is the right of every citizen to consume what they want, when they want, and in any quantity they want. This proposed ban strikes at the very heart of Liberty. We’ve opened Pandora’s Box by allowing the government, be it at the local, state of federal level, to impose regulations on us of ANY kind. We have fought and died to insure a system where we have a voice in the creation of the laws that govern us. It’s called the legislature, and these regulations circumvent that process and take away our voice. THIS MUST BE STOPPED.

J. Paul Douglas - June 9, 2012

With regards to Bloomberg, I think Daniel Webster said it best:

“Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.”

M. Drummond - June 9, 2012

SO they buy two? This proposal is an exercise in legislative overreach, disguised as good intention and doomed to failure. If this were to actually be voted on I’d suggest the legislature be censured for wasting the people’s time and money.

Donald Cole - June 9, 2012

It appears to me that most people are missing the real Issue. Bloomberg’s proposed ban is not about health or science or public safety. The missing details, lack of structure the enormous opportunity for illicit activities the ban would be create, illustrate Bloomie’s myopic capacity for detailed analysis. But that’s no surprise. Bloomberg is a Narcissist. That’s no surprise either. Take a look at the guy . . . who else could fall in love with him, but himself? What’s really behind this lunacy is that Bloomie, having spent all that money buying his Mayor job has deluded himself into believing that what he BOUGHT was NEW YORK CITY.

Coke’s “pushback” sounds mors like whining than pushback.

Norris Tingle - June 9, 2012

Dealing with liberal-control-your-life-socialists is like playing WhackAMole on a grand scale. Up pops one regulation that we swat down and another one pops up behind us. Oh Michelle! Conrail is calling…they’re missing a caboose.

ottó tompos - June 9, 2012

What can you expect from a CROOK, Madoff screwed 20,000 people in ten years, crooked bloomberg is screwing 8 million people a day, over taxation over regulation etc. etc

sarge690 - June 9, 2012

He is just emulating his hero Obama. They are both totalitarians at heart, so they act as if they actually have the legitimate authority to act on the idea of the moment — hoping nobody will call them out on their illegal acts.

Stephen Metz - June 9, 2012

Bloomberg has seen too many episodes of “Father Knows Best”.

Eric Hill - June 9, 2012

He is an idiot. No wonder NY has a net loss of residents.
There is the comparison of sugar in soda vs sugar in coffee drinks. Its hard to respect someone who be well intentioned, but is unable to first establish the basic facts.
How about that ” its okay to smoke a joint, but not to scarf
big gulp sodas?” I think Bloomberg types come up with this sort of thing because facing and dealing with the real problems is just too overwhelming.

Dee - June 9, 2012

I think it’s a stupid ill conceived idea. But that’s what overstepping governments do. Think Socialism. What happens if people buy the Soda Stream? Will he ban the syrup that goes into that or will he say only sugarless can be purchased. Good luck to the people who are allergic to artificial sugars,(that includes me). He’s doing this, while wanting to allow the smoking of pot on the street.

Diane Winston - June 9, 2012

Typical of the Progressive Nanny State! Utterly ridiculous!

Tim Krulish - June 9, 2012

Will the BATFE soon have to add an S for sugar ?

Brian Dunham - June 9, 2012

Mayor Bloomberg is just another run of the mill control
freak (can you say Liberal? Of course you can).
This proposed ban is another little chip off the cornerstone of our country’s founding beliefs – individual liberty. Well, any city that changes their election by-laws
to allow a three term mayor gets what they deserve.

Loren W. - June 9, 2012

Cretinism on display!

Dennis Sullivan - June 9, 2012

I’ll drink 16 1/2ozs to that !!!!!!!

Larry Smith - June 9, 2012

What do I think of Bloomberg’s proposal?
Forget the proposal.
Bloomberg’s a freakin’ IDIOT.

christie - June 9, 2012

One more stab at government trying to run our lives! For those of you that like government handouts, just wait until you are totally dependent…they will literally tell you how to live your lives!

Margie Bostrom - June 9, 2012

That fool has nothing better to do than go after soda?????
How come he doesn’t go after drunks that kill and cause
lifelong injury and heartache or crooks in politics…….BUT
NO he wants to take away our big gulp & popcorn.

Wayne Peterkin - June 9, 2012

I think it’s flat dumb. First, fruit juices contain a lot of sugar also and those are being encouraged. Government influence has simply gone too far. They are trying to control our healthcare and tell how to live, including what we can eat (or feed our kids) and what we can drink. At some point, the population will rise up in real revolt against these elites, and they deserve it.

James O’Donnell - June 9, 2012

What is happening to the America I served in the early 1960’s? Fredom was beaten into our 19 year old heads, that was what we were serving for.

John Buonocore - June 9, 2012

More controll by the left. First we start off with the soda
and then I guess we can outlaw pasta with meat balls, close all pastry shops and pizza–forgetaboutit——
The citizines of New York City deserve everything they sew. They say the fish stinks from the head down, start with the governor (the head) and the tail the mayor ( I am trying to be nice) and you get everything you deser

Louise - June 9, 2012

I think Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal is outrageous. If someone wants a big drink and it is not allowed, they will just buy two of them. There are so many rules and laws that the average person doesn’t know most of them.

John Higgins - June 9, 2012

This is typical liberal mentality.It’s OK to kill unborrn babies but not Ok to burn regular light bulbs but Ok to burn the American flag not Ok to eat fatty food,say anything bad about any race,display various religious ideas,not OK to discipline our children, OK to caudal groups who consistently make wrong life decisions. And do not hold people generally responsibe for their actions.etc.

PaulGoostrey - June 10, 2012

It is idiotic! This is the equivalent of banning the sale of beer, to prevent alcoholism. You think wine & liquor sales wouldn’t then skyrocket. Duh!!! What an idiot.

Paul Goostrey - June 10, 2012

This is complete idiocy! It would be the equivalent of banning the sale of beer, to help prevent aldoholism. You think the sale of wine and liquor would then skyrocket? Duh!!! These people are complete idiots, or more likely, think we are. It is another incremental grab at our collective freedoms, which are rapidly disappearing.

Dave Thibideau - June 10, 2012

Whether or not “the people are as ignorant as Bloomberg thinks they are” is not the point! He’s a dope. He doesn’t know what’s better for me than I know for myself. It’s not government’s job to dictate such crap. Get your grubby mitts off private business’ bread and butter and keep them off. Starting now!!

Jim Schropfer - June 10, 2012

As an NYC resident, I have witnessed first hand the havoc he has wrought on our city. This tyrant rules by fiat, and arrogantly attacks and dismisses any criticism of his policies. His contempt for “the will of the people” was on full display when he circumvented the city’s term limit laws and ran for a third term. This man is dangerous.

John - June 10, 2012

Morons in action.
Green coolaide for the huddling masses.
Diversions from the real problems created by Bloomberg and his followers.
Truly entangling legislation that teaches citizens to ignore laws.

mighty T6 - June 10, 2012

simple response to all bureaucrats like Bloomberg – stay out of my life

Muriel - June 10, 2012

totally unconstitutional!

Larry McCalla - June 10, 2012

Overreaching. Ridiculous. Unenforceable.

Victor Samuelson - June 10, 2012

A sad commentary on the mayor’s thinking. Our nation is about individual freedom with responsibility. Educate but don’t regulate.

Patricia - June 10, 2012

Gosh! Do you think it might have something to do with unrestrained power? A little power begats more power. He thinks sugar is bad. Go figure.

Julia - June 10, 2012

Thanks to the Obama’s and Bloomberg, I have become a comfort food/drink addict. Excuse me while get another refill on my 16oz Coke and another order of fries with the burger. Why do New Yorker’s keep Bloomberg?

Richard - June 10, 2012

Maybe we should thank the mayor for his unending parade of examples of the kind of meddling, out-of-control government officials that should not be elected or entrusted with power at any level.

David Harms - June 10, 2012

We are no longer a republic unless we stop this expansion of Government into our lives.

Kathleen - June 11, 2012

UNBELIEVEABLE! I guess he won’t get re-elected either!

T. Jones - June 11, 2012

Another incremental loss of personal freedom. STOP! If you want to stop truly dangerous activities, stop government overspending. In the long run it’ll have the most devastating effect on everyone’s health and freedom! Bloomberg should ban Congress if he wants to do something really good for the United States!

John Rich - June 11, 2012

Bloomberg is a moron!! this will do nothing to stop obesity. it will only drive those who drink that size drink to purchase two of the 16 oz size. it is none of Bloombergs business what size drink or anything else that one may want to eat business!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ralph Litten - June 11, 2012

More liberal lunacy and if as a people we don’t start standing up to this stupidity the liberals will continue to move toward ultimate control of all our lives.

Donna Lewis - June 11, 2012

I think that there are many more important matters at hand. We don’t need the government forcing any more of the weird ideas on us.

Andrew Colon, Colonel, USAF (ret) - June 11, 2012

I think that this is another example of a government that thinks it knows better than the people it is suppose to serve, and it is another step toward a dictorial regime. The people of New York should feel threaten by this latest attempt to take away from them the right to make their own choices in life. If this is not stopped now the future will bring other retricitons that will further intrude into the lives of our citizens.

james dougherty - June 11, 2012

Mayor Bloomberg is way out of line. Adults are responsible for themselfs! Period! If they choose to drink more soda, well it’s on them! Mayor Bloomberg, your not welcome in Ft. Myers Florida!

Geno - June 11, 2012

This is like using scotchtape to fix a flat tire. Bloomberg is in bed with Michelle Obama trying to cure obesity using the power the voters gave them. More government is not the answer, it shouldn’t even be involved in our personal lives. This is a parenting problem that has been caused by entitlement that everyone wins, nobody loses; I call it the YMCA Mothers Syndrome. Bloomberg is an idiot and should try to find something more important to spend his time with like; decrease the NY city defecit…….

Bob - June 11, 2012

Why nit pick? Ban all drinks that contain sugar. Include bottled or canned drinks. While we are at it, have everyone out for calesthenics at 6AM every morning. If you want to provide free health care, might as well make sure everyone is healthy.

Bob Moncrief - June 11, 2012

Can I hold Mayor Bloomberg accountable if I get in a car wreck? I seldom drink a large Coke (or any other drink) execept when I go on a long car trip. The caffeine (and sugar) keeps me more alert.

George Raffa - June 11, 2012

Orwellian…isn’t it?
Wake up America!!!!

Donald Bodle - June 11, 2012

Perhaps what we need is a little dose of natural consequences. Maybe our health insurance should cost us more if we “want to be obese and diabetic.” Yes, people should be allowed to choose. But if I choose to be unhealthy, your insurance premiums shouldn’t have to be higher to pay for it. “Whatever happened to people are responsible for their own actions.”

LaVerne Backes - June 11, 2012

I think this is insanity to the nth degree. Doesn’t he have anything else to do. New Yorkers are elite fools who haven’t a clue about real life. With all the problems in that city, he worries about coke. Give me a break!

R A Anderson - June 13, 2012

It’s Stupid!

john delaney - June 13, 2012

Bloomberg is a congential Idiot. How he got elected is a mystery now and forever.. same kilt , same cut of dog fur as the idiot Obama

Lawrence Medow - June 18, 2012

It is typical government tryanny and another step to neutralize the will of the people and force them to accept total domination by the government. But, truth be know, it is the people who vote in Bloomberg, Obama, and all the other socialists. One day there will be no voting to worry about.

James Thomas - June 20, 2012

Just more meddeling by a politician. When will it end.

Claude J Cox - June 22, 2012

“pursuit of Freedom”. It is neither Healthy for Unhealthy to eat any food item.

Gerald - June 20, 2016

Bloomberg,Obama, Clinton etc.believe they are above the rest of us they think they are above the Constitution and if they diagree with the rights of others, then they will change the constitution or have it interpreted to their advantage. Obama is always claiming his rights under the Constitution when it serves his purpose, but readily denies the same to others when he disagrees. 1st and 2nd amendments as examples.

Elizabeth Davidson - February 27, 2020

Bloomberg wants to take away our right to drink soda and smoke, what will the government ban next? Abortions?

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