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NYC Wants to Nag You Skinny

Recorded on June 1, 2012

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

Big Brother has plenty of relatives on the state and local level.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to change people's behavior by requiring that soda and other sugar drinks can only be sold in sizes 16 ounces or less—at least to drink it on-premises.

Yes, drinking lots of sugary soda is definitely bad for your health. But trying to control you by deliberately irritating you is a bad way for government to behave.

Will they next limit the size of hamburgers, hoping you'll eat less? Allow only single-dip ice cream cones? No cupcakes or donuts by the dozen?

New York City says it spends $4-billion a year on health care for fat people. Once government provides your care, they figure that gives them the right to dictate your habits.

Yes, obesity is a problem. But so is big government.