On September 13, at the behest of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the New York City Board of Health banned the sale of soda and other sweetened drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces. Did it also cancel the First Amendment - the parts referring to freedom of speech and expression?
Does Bloomberg's idiotic "law" stop purchasers of sweetened drinks from buying more than one at a time? Or from bringing their own 40-ounce container, ordering two sweetened drinks, and pouring the contents of the 16-ounce containers into their personal 40-ounce vessel? Or - for those customers dining in - does it prohibit the business from increasing their price somewhat, and offering "Free Refills"? In fact, if there are any entrepreneurs left in NYC, they would probably stock 40-ounce insulated plastic mugs and offer them for sale to their customers, just so they could put two 16-ounce drinks in those containers.
Why doesn't Bloomputz completely ban the sale of cigarettes, if he's so worried about the health of everybody? Because New York State imposes an excise tax on cigarettes at the rate of $4.35
per package of twenty cigarettes. New York City imposes a local excise
tax at the rate of $1.50 per package of twenty cigarettes, bringing the
combined tax rate in New York City to $5.85! That extrapolates toNYC taxes of $15.00 per carton of ten packages, and that's why cigarettes aren't banned in NYC! Bloomschwantz is only concerned about HEALTH ISSUES when they don't effect his tax base, so he's not really concerned about the health of the people. (Because of those outrageous taxes, NY also has a problem with "black market cigarettes". These are brought into NY from outside the state by illicit entrepreneurs, and being sold to the smoking public from the trunks of cars, and the back-end of trucks - which means NY gains no tax from those items)
Humans are the sentient, creative beings on this planet. If they are faced with an obstacle to their enjoyment of life, it doesn't take them long to find a way around that obstacle. Some of these ways are in compliance with existing laws, and their creators are lauded as "genius" and "entrepreneurs". Others devise creative ways to circumvent those laws, and are known as "outlaws", and organized groups of outlaws are called "gangs". When 535 of these outlaws are assembled in Washington, D.C., plotting to circumvent the U.S. Constitution, we refer to them as Congress.
The only true impediment to achieving one's goals in life, are those stumbling blocks we accept as "insurmountable obstacles" and then give them our permission to stop our progress. Humans, like water, tend to search for the path of least resistance. The successful ones find it.