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Should Government Agencies Ban Sugary Drinks? [POLL]

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Most of us are perfectly capable of making sound decisions for ourselves.  We do not need the government to tell us what to eat or drink in my opinion.  But just a few months ago, the City of New York, on orders from its supreme dictator, his high holiness Mayor Michael Bloomberg, banned certain large soft drinks.  New Yorkers are too fat and, by golly, it’s the city’s place to put you in your place.

Now, Washington, D.C. is poised to follow suit.  It’s beyond insulting; it’s unconstitutional.  Obesity is a serious health issue; no one disputes that.  But honestly, should government at any level be injecting themselves into this?  It is insulting to your intelligence.  I’m fat.  I know it.  I don’t need anyone to tell me.  It would definitely benefit my health to lose some weight.  But I can promise you that when I die, one thing they will not be able to put on my headstone is “He sure was hungry”.  Not going to happen.

So far, the movement in DC is all talk, but that is where it starts.  And if it can happen there, it can happen elsewhere too.  Bans on smoking have spread across the nation.  Why?  Because it became a health issue.  The soda ban is no different.  So what’s your feeling?  Should city, state or federal officials have a right to regulate what you can eat or drink?

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