California Proposes New Soda Restriction Bill to Fight Childhood Obesity
First they came for the coffee, but I was a tea kind of a guy. So I didn't speak out. Then, they came for the plastic drinking apparatuses, but I already sip straight from the glass. Like a real man. So I didn't speak out. Now, California is going full nanny state on your kids' soda pop privileges with this new bill to regulate restaurant menus. And now I must speak out:
A new state bill would give kids two options with their meals at restaurants—water or milk.
“Cancer is fought in the halls of government, not just in the halls of the hospital,” said Stephanie Winn with the American Cancer Society.
Her group is one of many supporting the bill that would force restaurants to automatically serve water or milk with kids meals instead of juice or soda. She argues children’s meals shouldn’t come with a side order of diseases.
What about politicians not coming with a side order of melodrama more befit for bad soap operas? When are we getting a bill for that?
“Some of these kids are drinking up to three sodas a day. This is setting them up for tremendous cancer risks down the road. Because now we know that 20 percent of all cancers are tied to being overweight,” she said.
The bill would still allow parents to order alternatives; they would just have to ask for it.
Well, the message from the Golden State legislators couldn't be more clear:
Too much soda is obviously bad for you. Nobody here is debating that. Too many pulls on a Pepsi will turn your kid into a rotund pudge-a-saurus. Though, that's a matter for the kiddos' mommies and daddies to handle. Not Uncle Sam.
Leftists will likely counter that argument by saying the government has a right to prevent child abuse. Though, I'm not about to pretend allowing little Brycyr to crack open a tasty Coca-Cola is on the same level as locking him in the broom-closet when you want some "me time."
I hate to invoke the slippery slope argument, but I'm going to do it anyway. This may not be an outright ban yet, but Cali-forn-i-aye is just one goose-step away from making Hitler blush. The government in Cali is clearly attempting to take the place of parents and of business owners. That, my friends, is fascism. Plain and simple.