Bloomberg’s Soda Ban: Do as I Say, Not as I Do

By:  Michael Tennant
06/07/2012
       
Bloomberg’s Soda Ban: Do as I Say, Not as I Do

 Ah, the hypocrisy of the Left. Former Vice President Al Gore travels the world in a private jet to lecture everyone else on reducing carbon emissions. First Lady Michelle Obama tells people to eat veggies while she and her husband consume burgers, fries, cheesesteaks, and ice cream. And New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, trying to ban super-sized sodas on the theory that doing so will curb obesity, gives away free soda in unlimited quantities to employees of his media conglomerate, Bloomberg L.P.

Ah, the hypocrisy of the Left. Former Vice President Al Gore travels the world in a private jet to lecture everyone else on reducing carbon emissions. First Lady Michelle Obama tells people to eat veggies while she and her husband consume burgers, fries, cheesesteaks, and ice cream. And New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, trying to ban super-sized sodas on the theory that doing so will curb obesity, gives away free soda in unlimited quantities to employees of his media conglomerate, Bloomberg L.P.

“We have all the junk in the world up there,” a Bloomberg employee told the New York Times in 2010. “I mean, you can gain 15 pounds in a hurry.”

Bloomberg then was merely seeking to prohibit the use of food stamps to purchase sugary drinks, but the Times reported that in addition to a variety of healthful snacks, “there is also free Coke, Pepsi, orange Fanta, ginger ale and Mountain Dew” available in the sixth-floor pantry of Bloomberg Towers.

The situation apparently has not changed in the last two years. According to Fox News, those same free snacks and sodas are still available to all Bloomberg L.P. employees even as the company’s founder and majority owner is calling for a ban on the sale of sugary drinks exceeding 16 ounces.

Bloomberg’s spokesman, Stu Loeser, told Fox News that there’s no conflict between the Mayor’s proposal and his company’s policy since the cups at Bloomberg Towers hold only 12 ounces. “Nothing we’re proposing will stop New Yorkers from drinking more than 16 ounces of sugary drinks, just not in one container,” Loeser said.

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