This really takes helicopter parenting and nanny state syndrome to a whole new level.
The ban on sugary drinks over 16 ounces was supposed to go into effect on Tuesday, but New York Supreme Court Judge Milton Tingling said in today’s decision the law is ”fraught with arbitrary and capricious consequences.”
Tingling added that the elected City Council, not the mayor-appointed Board of Health, has the authority to make such a law.
But Bloomberg framed the issue as a moral obligation.
“I’m trying to do what’s right,” he said. “I’m trying to defend my children, and you, and do what’s right.”
Bloomberg’s two daughters, Georgina and Emma, are 30 and 34, respectively. Emma has been married since she was 26. If they can’t stop drinking soda on their own, perhaps their father should butt out, instead of holding an entire city’s restaurant industry hostage.
The nanny state runs on wildly misplaced paternalism and it has gotten so bad that the mayor of what used to be the greatest city in the world is actually getting up at a press conference and claiming that he’s trying to save his children from drinking soda. It’s even more embarrassing considering that his children are old enough to have children of their own.
But this misplaced paternalism doesn’t end with his own family, instead Bloomberg insists on treating an entire city of adults like children and all he has managed to do is get on everyone’s nerves one last time.