Thursday, March 14, 2013

Soda ban goes flat

Rich Lowry adds a super-sized smackdown on Mayor Bloomberg's big grab against Big Gulps - except Big Gulps weren't covered in the soda ban.
Bloomberg managed to craft a measure with the least possible bang for the diktat. It forbids drinks over 16 ounces at restaurants and delis, movie theaters and food carts. It doesn’t ban them at supermarkets or convenience stores, where people buy some 80 percent of their soda. It leaves 7-Eleven and its signature, unapologetically gut-busting drink, the Big Gulp, unmolested.
In other words, the soda ban is like prohibiting cigarette advertising — except for Joe Camel and the Marlboro Man. Or like forcing top-shelf New York restaurants such as Per Se and La Grenouille to no longer serve bottles of wine as a way to fight alcoholism.
Drink up to the judge who stopped the soda grab.

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