Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) has named New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg its Porker of the Month for proposing a ban on sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces at restaurants, food carts, movie theaters, and any other venues that receive letter grades from the city for food service.
Mayor Bloomberg, who already imposed bans on
trans fats and smoking in parks, fully embraces the dubious distinction
of becoming the national face of the overreaching “nanny state.” If
approved by the city’s Board of Health, the mayor’s action will
increase costs to New York City taxpayers, who will be forced to
underwrite the expansion of the size and scope of enforcement and
inspection activities by the health department.
Corinne Krupp, a
professor of public policy at Duke University, told The Wall Street Journal,
the mayor’s proposal is “silly” and not “an effective public policy to
For becoming a national scold and slurping up New
York City taxpayers’ money to fund the food police, Mayor Bloomberg is
CAGW’s June, 2012 Porker of the Month.