The title of a recently released Reuters article is “Judge blocks New York City large-soda ban, Mayor Bloomberg VOWS FIGHT” (Web-site/URL: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/11/us-sodaban-lawsuit-idUSBRE92A0YR20130311).
“Mayor Michael Bloomberg vowed on Monday (March 11, 2013) to appeal a judge’s ruling that struck down his pioneering ban on large sugary drinks sold by the city’s restaurants, movie theaters and other food service businesses just a day before it was to take effect”.
“The judge called the ban “ARBITRARY and CAPRICIOUS ” in an 11th-hour decision that dealt a serious blow to Bloomberg, who has made public health a cornerstone of his administration, with laws prohibiting smoking in restaurants, bars and parks; banning trans fats; and requiring chain restaurants to post calorie counts”.
“At a press conference, Bloomberg said the judge’s ruling was “TOTALLY IN ERROR” and promised to keep pressing his effort to combat a growing obesity epidemic linked to heart disease and diabetes. He has successfully fought off past court challenges to the smoking ban and the calorie count rule”. “Anytime you adopt a GROUNDBREAKING (?) policy, SPECIAL INTERESTS will sue. That’s America”. Again, there are TWO things to note here. First, is this “groundbreaking?” This is open to INTERPRETATIONS (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). On top of this, if Bloomberg is complaining about “special interests” in THE UNITED STATES, he has probably never seen societies like SYRIA, CHINA and NORTH KOREA. In SYRIA the ASSAD family has been in charge for 40 years, in CHINA, there’s the CUI XILING scandal with Cui publishing only THREE articles over 8 years as a PhD student because she wanted to get pregnant when other people told her to do so (Web-site/URL: http://www.hksyu.edu/ba/CuiXiling.html) and in NORTH KOREA the KIM family has been in power for more than 40 years. “People are dying every day.THIS IS NOT A JOKE. This is about REAL LIVES“. This is the latest example of PHONY concern.
In his ruling, state Supreme Court Justice Milton TINGLING in Manhattan zeroed in on the loopholes, noting it would only have applied to businesses that are under the purview of the health department, like restaurants, and would allow sweetened milk-based drinks like milkshakes”. “It is ARBITRARY and CAPRICIOUS because it applies to some but not ALL food establishments in the city, it excludes other beverages that have SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER concentrations of sugar sweeteners and/or calories on suspect grounds, and the loopholes inherent in the rule … serve to GUT the purpose of the rule“. Also notice this man’s name: TINGLING. IT’S RARE for a CHINESE person to be REASONABLE.
“He also expressed concern that to allow the health board such sweeping authority would “eviscerate” (deprive of vital or essential parts) the separation of powers between the executive and the legislature branches of city government”.
“Chris Gindlesperger, a spokesman for the American Beverage Association, which brought the lawsuit on behalf of companies such as Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Dr Pepper Snapple, said the ruling was a “SIGH OF RELIEF” for New Yorkers and small businesses throughout the city” again AS EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). The American BEVERAGE Association, of course, like any other PROFIT-MAKING enterprise/entity/body, wants to MAXIMIZE PROFITS and this means SELLING MORE DRINKS/BEVERAGES.
“Dawn Sweeney, CEO of the National Restaurant Association, which joined the lawsuit as a plaintiff, said the decision would save thousands of restaurants and suppliers from UNNECESSARY COSTS“. Sweeney must be a REPUBLICAN or a BLUE DOG Democrat.
“But beverage industry consultant Tom Pirko of Bevmark Consulting in Santa Barbara, California, said the ruling could BACKFIRE if it convinces municipalities that THE ONLY way to reduce soda consumption is through HIGHER TAXES“. “What the industry is VERY WORRIED about IS NOT measures like Bloomberg’s, which is local and easy to walk around. What they’re worried about is TAXES“. Pirko must also be a REPUBLICAN or a BLUE DOG DEMOCRAT.
“Public sentiment on the ban had appeared divided, with a Marist University poll last summer showing 53 percent of New York City adults AGAINST the ban and 42 percent in favor”. So there is a HIGHER proportion “AGAINST the ban”.
Finally, Professor Douglas Muzzio of Baruch College finished off: “The mayor TOOK A BULLET and now we’ll wait for the next big Bloomberg health initiative. HE’S NOT GOING TO STOP“. ACADEMICS are also AGAINST Bloomberg on this issue. This is another HARSHLY NEGATIVE comment/remark.
So, for those who say that PRESIDENT OBAMA CAN’T tell us to get healthcare, how come MICHAEL BLOOMBERG CAN tell us to NOT drink sugary drinks? This is clearly A DOUBLE STANDARD/HYPOCRITICAL,