I’ll Never Understand the South

Tina Sussman:

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Friday he was “shocked” when a judge this week invalidated an antiobesity law that would have blocked sales of supersize sodas, and he took a jab at Mississippi politicians for passing their own legislation to protect fattening food and drink.

“You gotta love it. In the state with the highest rate of obesity, they pass a law that says you can’t do anything about it,” Bloomberg said during his weekly radio interview. The mayor said the Southern state’s action was “so inconceivable” that if someone wrote a movie about it, they’d never find a producer. “It would be so ridiculous.”


  1. Have you ever lived in the south? Even know anyone from there or visited? That kind of ignorant comment is beneath you, honestly–you’re better than that.

    • Jon Geeting says:

      Never lived there, but my wife is from Kentucky. I can name at least 20 people I know from the Deep South, five of whom are from Mississippi.

    • Jon Geeting says:

      Also, “ignorant” should be applied to Mississippi in this case. They’re the fattest state in the nation and they’re doing everything they can to make it more difficult for public policy to do anything about it. That’s fucking crazy.

  2. Elitism strikes again.

    • Jon Geeting says:

      The case for the soda tax is sound. We should tax unproductive behaviors before we tax productive behaviors. Local governments should raise as much money as they can from soda, alcohol, plastic bags and green taxes on stuff like garbage and parking before they even think about turning to taxes on labor, sales, and investment.

  3. Mitchell says:

    God forbid the south bucks the nanny state ideal.

    Bloomberg is a loon

    • Jon Geeting says:

      Bloomberg is right!

      • Doesn’t matter whether he was right or wrong. What matters is an elitist lame duck mayor doing an end-run around an elected council it institute a half-assed plan got his ass handed to him in court.

        Thank God something worked the way its supposed to in NYC.

        Be careful what you wish for Jon. They could come after your beer next. How would you like it if draft beer could only be served in 5 ounce glasses? Or banned outright? After all, alcohol kills not only the person drinking but the people they run over.

        • Jon Geeting says:

          The debate we’re having is about whether paternalistic public health laws are politically acceptable. I say they are if they’re well-designed, Mississippi and Mitchell and maybe you think they aren’t.

          I didn’t support the soda ban. I think the soda tax was a good idea, and the ban was really the worst of all possibilities. I am on the record supporting higher beer taxes, and would be happy to pay them.

          • Not talking about higher beer taxes Jon, I”m talking about your ability to consume beer period.

            You’re too young and inexperienced to have dealt with this, but the slippery slope theory is true – the surest way to get from point A to point B is one step at a time.

            So you should always be wary of politicians and bureaucrats doing something “for your own good.”

          • Jon Geeting says:

            I think conservative politics is far far too impressed with paranoid slippery slope logic. If we make this minor change, it’s not really just a minor change, it’s FULL BLOWN SOCIAL1SMM

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