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Bloomberg fires back at "nanny" critics: It's part of government's role
CBSNews.com ^ | June 13, 2012

Posted on 06/14/2012 6:22:57 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

(CBS News) New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg shrugged off criticism of his controversial public health initiatives, saying that "if government's purpose isn't to improve the health and longevity of its citizens, I don't know what its purpose is."

Bloomberg most recently put forth a plan to ban the sale of sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces from the city's eateries, street carts and stadiums.

The proposal has been sharply criticized, in some cases by beverage and fast food companies as a case of government overreach.

He's also been criticized for previous efforts to, among other things, ban smoking in public places and the use of trans-fats in restaurant foods. Some have gone so far as to mock has as being like a "nanny."

But on "CBS This Morning," Bloomberg fired back, saying, "We're not here to tell anybody what to do. But we certainly have an obligation to tell them what's the best science and best medicine says is in their interest.

"If you want to smoke, I think it's pretty ridiculous, you shouldn't. But I don't think we should take away your right to smoke."

Bloomberg pointed out that life expectancy iin New York City exceeds the national average by three years, noting that all the progress has come since he took office a decade ago.

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1 posted on 06/14/2012 6:23:05 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

...sue this POS


2 posted on 06/14/2012 6:25:27 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The Constitution has zero relevance to this man.


3 posted on 06/14/2012 6:26:16 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I applaud the fact that Mayor Bloomie realizes NYCers aren’t smart enough to make intelligent food/health choices.

Now if we can just get him to prevent those same folks from voting in elections for federal offices.


4 posted on 06/14/2012 6:28:00 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"I don't know what its purpose is."

No, Mike, you don't.

5 posted on 06/14/2012 6:28:28 PM PDT by wolf24
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"We're not here to tell anybody what to do. But we certainly have an obligation to tell them what's the best science and best medicine says is in their interest.

...then STFU moron

6 posted on 06/14/2012 6:28:59 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Well he admits he doesn’t know what the purpose of govt is.


7 posted on 06/14/2012 6:29:15 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Who taught this loon civics?


8 posted on 06/14/2012 6:31:13 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Let me ABOs run loose Lou!)
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To: Secret Agent Man

I thought it was to protect the rights of the citizens and provide for the common defense. What do I know...


9 posted on 06/14/2012 6:32:55 PM PDT by refermech
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To: Free ThinkerNY

He’s hopeless. Give him the “Mussolini” farewell.


10 posted on 06/14/2012 6:34:16 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This is the most ignorant statement I’ve ever heard from the lips of a prominent politician, closely followed by Biden’s “FDR on TV in 1929” statement.


11 posted on 06/14/2012 6:37:37 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
we certainly have an obligation to tell them what's the best science and best medicine

Government/politicians are in no position to promote the best science and best medicine even if they do know what it is, which is doubtful. The globull warming fiasco should prove that.

12 posted on 06/14/2012 6:38:34 PM PDT by MulberryDraw (The government "gives" and the government takes away (freedom).)
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To: refermech

And Bloomie twists this by construing “rights” as “entitlements.” It’s one of the many, many ways in which supposedly free handed liberalism becomes a far tighter squeeze on the person than conservatism ever could be.


13 posted on 06/14/2012 6:39:45 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Let me ABOs run loose Lou!)
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To: Doogle

Those people elected him, they deserve him.


14 posted on 06/14/2012 6:40:15 PM PDT by JoSixChip (We had an opportunity to get Newt, but you blew it and now we get mitt.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“if government’s purpose isn’t to improve the health and longevity of its citizens, I don’t know what its purpose is.”

I agree, Bloomie. You don’t know the purpose of government, you ststist jackass!


15 posted on 06/14/2012 6:41:46 PM PDT by Panzerlied ("We shall never surrender!")
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To: JoSixChip

The freedom to imprison themselves in liberal lunacy, I supposed. Sigh... I thought constitutions were supposed to put a sharp limit on this sort of thing.


16 posted on 06/14/2012 6:42:12 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Let me ABOs run loose Lou!)
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To: JoSixChip

The freedom to imprison themselves in liberal lunacy, I suppose. Sigh... I thought constitutions were supposed to put a sharp limit on this sort of thing.


17 posted on 06/14/2012 6:42:36 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Let me ABOs run loose Lou!)
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To: Doogle

FUMB


18 posted on 06/14/2012 6:43:39 PM PDT by Perdogg
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To: HiTech RedNeck

You’re exactly right, I fear the do gooders far more that any conservative government! and I’m really starting to hate the feds. Totally out of control.


19 posted on 06/14/2012 6:44:30 PM PDT by refermech
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Uh, Chairman Bloomberg.

We're not here to tell anybody what to do. But we certainly have an obligation to tell them what's the best science and best medicine says is in their interest.

This will come as a shock to you but people really can decide what is in their own best interests. It's called Freedom.

Oh, and another thing. It is one thing for you to tell people what you think is best for them but what you are doing is forcing them to abide by what you think is best. That's called totalitarianism.

20 posted on 06/14/2012 6:44:59 PM PDT by Robwin
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Where is it written that a mayor has the power to tell people what they can eat or drink? Bloomberg is a delusional power hungry egotist that needs to be replaced.


21 posted on 06/14/2012 6:45:29 PM PDT by Kryn-Man (Self-righteous, gun-totin', military-lovin', redneck)
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To: Steely Tom

He has no idea what freedom means. Government’s role is to leave people alone.


22 posted on 06/14/2012 6:46:21 PM PDT by Captain Jack Aubrey (There's not a moment to lose.)
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To: Perdogg

the only obligation this idiot has is to stay out of peoples lives


23 posted on 06/14/2012 6:46:21 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Bloomberg is a Maosist.

I therefore propose FR Rule # 2:

Always refer to Bloomberg as Chairman Bloomberg.


24 posted on 06/14/2012 6:48:31 PM PDT by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini--nevertheless, Vote Santorum!)
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To: Robwin

He doesn’t even mean what he portrays himself as saying. He’d stick “surgeon general” warnings or some such thing on the giant cups of soda if he was being honest, even if he was wrong in the warnings. But he goes further: shoot, skip the warnings, just BAN the darn stuff. And NYC takes it meekly as a mouse. Maybe it’s too declasse for New Yawkers to quaff giant cups of soda and it’s a stealth way of being delicate.


25 posted on 06/14/2012 6:48:47 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Let me ABOs run loose Lou!)
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

Yeah, where is that emanation of a penumbra here? Can’t tell a woman not to have even a viable unborn baby offed, but can tell her not to get a Double Gulp? Consistency isn’t liberals’ forte.


26 posted on 06/14/2012 6:50:31 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Let me ABOs run loose Lou!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Headline: “Bloomberg admits he does not know the purpose of government”.


27 posted on 06/14/2012 6:51:16 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Free ThinkerNY

NY fatties will have to sew a golden hamburger identification on all their clothes and present zee papers at the city limits.


28 posted on 06/14/2012 6:53:29 PM PDT by Rodm
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To: Free ThinkerNY
if government's purpose isn't to improve the health and longevity of its citizens, I don't know what its purpose is

Let me give you a hint. The role of a city government is to maintain public infrastructure, provide police/fire/public safety services, etc. That's about it.

29 posted on 06/14/2012 6:53:56 PM PDT by matt04
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Well, the Tea Party folks have been kvetching for a long time about getting RINOs, but have been unable to get much of a foot in the door (case in point: Mitt Romney, who to be fair probably would never ban Double Gulps). Here’s your chance, Tea Party! The Double Gulp Tea Party candidate, running against Bloomie!


30 posted on 06/14/2012 6:55:02 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Let me ABOs run loose Lou!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
I don't think Bloomberg or his super wealthy friends eat at McDonalds or buy big gulps at 7/11.

Maybe Bloomberg should spend his time checking out fancy restaurants - the kind he and his social group eat at - then he can tell HIS friends what they should and shouldn't eat. He needs to share is 'luv' of telling others what's good for them... /s

31 posted on 06/14/2012 6:55:16 PM PDT by GOPJ (Take your little hammer, little sickle and your scary red signs with a fist on it, and go home...)
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To: refermech

There’s nothing, absolutely nothing wrong with private do gooders who do good with their own dimes. May their tribe increase as much as they please. They can preach that Double Gulps will damn you to hell, if they want. They can require swearing off Double Gulps in order to belong to their private clubs. But they doggone well do NOT have a right to twist the levers of government to keep their neighbors from getting Double Gulps.


32 posted on 06/14/2012 7:02:33 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Let me ABOs run loose Lou!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

You know what’s happening here, don’t ya’? Follow the $$$$$. He’s implemented NO SMOKING bans throughout the city and they are going to lose REVENUE. He’s trying to make it up in other ways. Want more to drink or eat? Buy 2 = more taxation.


33 posted on 06/14/2012 7:05:45 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Wings cannot be redistributed, they can only be broken. ~ Oleg Atbashian (People's Cube))
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"if government's purpose isn't to improve the health and longevity of its citizens, I don't know what its purpose is."

OK. When will he be outlawing gay sex ?

34 posted on 06/14/2012 7:10:12 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"We're not here to tell anybody what to do."

2 + 2 = 5

35 posted on 06/14/2012 7:12:11 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“Can I make the little man fly now, Mother?”


36 posted on 06/14/2012 7:16:28 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Free ThinkerNY
listen stooopid... it's supposed to be the SERVANT OF THE PEOPLE!!! not their overlord
37 posted on 06/14/2012 7:21:30 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: JimSEA

Romanian term limits.


38 posted on 06/14/2012 7:28:34 PM PDT by Noumenon (If people saw socialists for what they truly are, slaughter would ensue - in self-defense.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Bloomberg pointed out that life expectancy iin New York City exceeds the national average by three years, noting that all the progress has come since he took office a decade ago.

That is one of the main problems with government idiots like Bloomberg. They actually think their idiotic programs have some affect on the world around them. It really is a form of psychosis.
39 posted on 06/14/2012 7:31:05 PM PDT by microgood
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I keep a list of Nanny State mandates on SCRIBD. It is there so I can reference files on my other computers. Who knew people would actually read this stuff.

Anyway, here is the link: http://www.scribd.com/doc/87219158/My-List-of-Nanny-State


40 posted on 06/14/2012 7:33:13 PM PDT by Haddit
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Spoken like a true socialist, bloomberg. If the idiots in NYC voted for this clown, they deserve the treatment they get from him.


41 posted on 06/14/2012 7:44:25 PM PDT by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"if government's purpose isn't to improve the health and longevity of its citizens, I don't know what its purpose is."

O.K., Nanny. We're agreed: you don't know what the purpose of government is.

Beyond that, if you are dead-set on improving the health and longevity of New York's citizens, consider this: homosexuality and its associated practices reduce life expectancy by more years than do both smoking and obesity.

I'm sure you'll get right on it.

42 posted on 06/14/2012 8:07:02 PM PDT by Washi (Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse, one head-shot at a time.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I would have to agree with Mayor Blooming Idiot that anyone living in NYC (or any other major city) voluntarily does not have the mental capacity to make serious life decisions. Those citizens will make perfect FEMA Camp inmates (or sheeple).


43 posted on 06/14/2012 8:08:01 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (There's a pill for just about everything ... except stupid!)
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But on "CBS This Morning," Bloomberg fired back, saying, "We're not here to tell anybody what to do."

But that's what you're doing. Chairman Bloomberg. Life, LIBERTY and the pursuit of happiness. Look it up.

44 posted on 06/14/2012 8:14:54 PM PDT by BipolarBob (These aren't the droids you're looking for.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"if government's purpose isn't to improve the health and longevity of its citizens, I don't know what its purpose is."

Exactly. Finally, Bloomberg admits that he doesn't know the purpose of government.

Maybe he should read the founding documents to find out. Those documents explain it better than all the blathering leftist doggerel taught in all the schools and spread in all the newsrooms across this sadly disintegrating nation.

46 posted on 06/14/2012 8:32:13 PM PDT by Maceman
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I quote Colonel Potter: Mule-cookies!


47 posted on 06/14/2012 8:50:00 PM PDT by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The problem is his ban is stupid and to come even close to having a desired effect it would have to be truly draconian. Sure he can pass these stupid laws but it doesn’t make them effective or wise. Individuals can make bad decisions but in the grand scheme of things even totally modifying ones diet to a very strict regime offers no guarantees. If you don’t have the genes for longevity you probably are doomed. The numbers are not nearly as clear as some of these health Nazis like to make believe. Sure its good to maintain a healthy weight and have regular exercise but how good is life if you can’t choose to indulge its pleasures?

Also this illustrates the big danger of getting the govt more involved with providing health care because then it becomes an open ended justification to do even more of this kind of bs and soon individual liberty becomes a thing of the past.


48 posted on 06/14/2012 9:17:21 PM PDT by Maelstorm (Better to keep your enemy in your sights than in your camp expecting him to guard your back.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY; Eric Blair 2084; Lazamataz; SheLion; Gabz; Hank Kerchief; 383rr; libertarian27; ...

Yes, Lazamataz is right. Bloomberg must be psychotic. He claims he doesn’t want to ban stuff, but cheerfully imposes restrictions on use and amounts of these things.

Nanny State PING!


49 posted on 06/14/2012 9:17:41 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Occupy DC General Assembly: We are Marxist tools. WE ARE MARXIST TOOLS!)
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50 posted on 06/14/2012 9:38:11 PM PDT by NoLibZone (I trust Sarah Palin, Dick Cheney, Cain, Perry, Bachman : I trust their judgment on their 2012 pick.)
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