Rantings and tirades of a frustrated economist.
Funny, I think back to all the jokes I heard regarding the prudish Victorian Era. Well this current politically correct era, will be laughed at for the next 1000 years.Throw in all the stupid lawsuits, such as the spilled hot coffee at McDonald`s lawsuit, and we have the most pathetic era of all time. I recently saw a warning sticker on a window screen, while in a hotel in Maine. The warning sticker explained that the screen will not keep out intruders, or large objects.In New York State they have signs in restaurant restrooms, informing you that it is against the law to not wash your hands, after using the restroom.Good Lord, how did this state of affairs ever come into effect?The nanny state has grown into the nanny/Nazi state.
Well, the San Francisco policy isn't really over the top, imho. They're not banning soda entirely, just choosing not to sell in machines on city property. If the constituents agree in encouraging healthier drinks there's no real downside. In many cases, it's these little things that differentiate a community from a group of random people living in the same area. It's not like people can't buy soda; they just might need to walk an extra half block to get it.Now taxing soda separately is different, as there's little evidence to support the idea that taxes will decrease consumption significantly. The tax affects everybody, and thus sounds more like an attempt to control behaviour (and a tax grab).
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