Michael Bloomberg: Dictating What You Eat Is Government’s Highest Duty
Michael Bloomberg was elected Mayor of New York City, not Totalitarian Dictator of the Universe. Yet the borders of the Big Apple are no more a limit to his authoritarian ambitions than term limits were. Before the United Nations General Assembly, the Mayor for Life — speaking as the personification of bureaucratic coercion — shouldered the responsibility of determining what all humans should eat, or as he put it:
“[G]overnments at all levels must make healthy solutions the default social option. That is ultimately government’s highest duty.”
The address was an opportunity for Bloomberg to boast of the absurd dietary micromanagement he has imposed on New Yorkers. But even New York is too small for Bloomberg’s ambitions. Apparently it is intolerable to him that anyone anywhere eats something without permission. So he’s gone international:
“Collaboration across borders among national and local governments and agencies is also critical. The challenges before us are too vast and complex for individual governments to overcome alone.”
He found the right place to inflict totalitarian intrusiveness at the global level. Soon after Bloomberg’s appalling display of nanny state authoritarianism, the UN adopted a political declaration:
Among the items included in the declaration are having governments intervene with the advertising of foods deemed unhealthy to “Promote the implementation of the WHO (World Health Organization) set of recommendations on the marketing of foods and non-alcoholic beverages to children, including foods that are high in saturated fats, trans-fatty acids, free sugars, or salt,” according to the document.
The political declaration also touches upon taxation of unhealthy food and intervening in it’s production itself to promote, “the development and initiate the implementation, as appropriate, of cost-effective interventions to reduce salt, sugar and saturated fats, and eliminate industrially produced trans-fats in foods, including through discouraging the production and marketing of foods that contribute to unhealthy diet.”
That is, the UN sees fit to override freedom of speech and to set tax policy for member nations — which is yet another reason we should not be a member nation.
When we finally rise up and kick this malignant collection of oligarchical collectivists out of New York, Bloomberg needs to go with it.
On tips from Wiggins and GoY. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.