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Tuesday, December 5th 2006

NYC Becomes Nanny State

Michael Bloomberg In A Wig

I commented on this before, but now it has come to pass. You’d think with all the bad press it might not have, but alas,

The Board of Health voted Tuesday to make New York the nation’s first city to ban artery-clogging artificial trans fats at restaurants – from the corner pizzeria to high-end bakeries.

The board, which passed the ban unanimously, did give restaurants a slight break by relaxing what had been considered a tight deadline for compliance. Restaurants will be barred from using most frying oils containing artificial trans fats by July and will have to eliminate the artificial trans fats from all of their foods by July 2008.

What a ridiculous notion. The only seemingly defensible reason is the public health care costs (don’t talk to me about how these people raise your private insurance premiums) topped on by those on Medicaid and other public assistance programs who consume this stuff. But the answer isn’t to ban it for everyone, its to pull a West Virginia.

I cannot describe how much this pisses me off. What a stupid ass thing for the government to dictate. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.