Jun 04, 2012 11:57 AM EDT
New York Mayor's Proposal to Ban Large Sugary-Drinks Stirs Critics Into a Frenzy
Critics continue to take aim at New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg over his announcement to restrict the sale of sugary-filled beverages that are larger than 16 ounces.
The mayor says he just wants people to know that a soda containing more than 16-ounces of sugary carbonated water is simply too much.
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But his proposal, despite its supposed good intentions, is being ridiculed by some.
Bloomberg is depicted in a dress in a full-page ad paid for by the Center for Consumer Freedom, calling the mayor "Nanny Bloomberg" for his proposal to ban large sugary drinks in New York City.
Rick Berman, the Center's executive director, says, "If you can dictate the size of drinks for the average consumer who goes into a restaurant, then you can dictate the size of a slice of pie ... you can figure out how wide a size of pizza can be.... The list is only restricted by your imagination."
Jon Stewart examines the irrationality of New York City laws, while taking swipes at the mayor and Starbucks-sponsored MSNBC talk show "Morning Joe." Scariest of all for Stewart, "The Daily Show" host finds himself in agreement with Tucker Carlson for the first time.
Pointing to huge plates of food, Stewart said, "All this is legal in New York City until, God forbid, I want to wash it down with a little something as pure and refreshing as Mountain Dew!"
Bloomberg says he wants to ban the drinks because almost 6 in 10 New Yorkers are overweight or obese.
The mayor has already been behind posting calorie counts on fast food menus, banning trans-fats in restaurant cooking, and making it illegal to smoke in bars, restaurants, even city parks and beaches-laws that have been coupled across the country.
As a result, consumer advocates and the restaurant and food industries say the ban on large sugary drinks go too far.