It started with Ruolph Giuliani ‘cleaning up Central Park’ by violating the civil rights of New Yorkers and the tradition continues with current New York Mayor, Michael Bloomberg banning everything from smoking, Trans Fats, Happy Hour, donating food to shelters, texting and now, large sugary drinks. Under his proposal, any drink above 16 ounces containing 25 calories for each 8 ounces would be banned from being served or sold at various New York businesses. The proposed ban has many New Yorkers feeling oppressed under the Bloomberg ‘nanny state’ regime.
The CBGB’s of the city are gone, the excitement NYC used to carry is gone as it rests on its laurels to bring in tourists and keep residents. But New Yorkers head to Florida and other states to reside, leaving New York in record numbers in search of more personal freedom.
While Bloomberg’s efforts are in the right place to help New Yorkers become more healthy, his methods are clearly un-American and anti-capitalistic – and capitalism is how he made his fortune. In a free society the Law of Supply and Demand should rule over any government oppression or attempt to manipulate a market, even if done for altruistic reasons. Bloomberg’s efforts to artificially restrict the supply will create an underground market, making criminals of those wishing to smoke a cigarette or have their 36 ounce Slurpee. The proposal, released last night, will go before the Board of Health on June 12, 2012.
It has many questioning what is he going to propose and enforce next on New Yorkers and tourists visiting the iconic city. If the health of New Yorkers is his prime concern, perhaps he will ban the consumption of animal fat, the sale of fried food, hot dogs, force the use of an umbrella to shield oneself from the sun and perhaps forced annual physical exams for residents is not far off the horizon. Bloomberg’s totalitarian stance has undoubtedly caused an underground market in NYC for many items and services as individuals will always find a way to acquire what they want – whether legal or illegal.
Prohibition of alcohol did not work for the United States, nor has the prohibition of drugs. Individuals still drank alcohol, en masse, during Prohibition and it caused a huge underground market causing the rise of Al Capone and the Mafia. New York makes owning and carrying a gun legally very difficult for its citizens, yet guns are everywhere. Similar is the situation with cigarettes which have become extraordinarily expensive in both New York and Florida due to extreme taxes, millions of cigarettes are illegally smoked each year from a box without the tax stamp. An underground market is born when the government prohibits a desired product from the public or the government attempts to manipulate the supply of a desired product through extremely high taxes.