No way, man. No way is the government going to tell me what to do, man. No square in a tie is going to tell me how to live my life. Oh. It’s for my own good? Oh, ok.
Earlier this week, Mayor Bloomberg spoke at a public health law conference in Atlanta conducted by the CDC where he recommended that other cities should follow New York’s example of promoting better health through law. He said that chronic diseases, such as diabetes, are a New Yorker’s "biggest health threat" (not crazy homeless dudes who feel all stabby-stabby or epileptic cabbies who skip their morning meds), and that the government should get involved, using legislation to help its helpless citizens take responsibility for their own lives. Hizzoner implied that evils such as cigarettes and fast food are scourges on our City and we need laws and taxes to help us make the right choices.
Some past examples of some of the mayor’s words in action include higher taxes on cigarettes, the public smoking ban, and mandates on improving exercise programs in day care centers. The mayor shared that another scheme currently being cooked up involves “legal” ways to encourage exercise among all New Yorkers. We shudder at what those might be.
Some of Bloomy’s legislation-fuelled accomplishments include a drop in the teen smoking rate from 1 out of 4 to 1 out of 10 as well as reduced gun traffic into NYC. While we appreciate these benefits, it really is a shame that we need City Hall to step in and help us be healthier.
The mayor also used his podium time to complain about how NYC was shortchanged when it came time to distribute anti-bioterrorism funds, citing the 3 bucks a person we’ll get compared to the more than 8 bucks a person that South Dakota is assigned. With such well thought out planning, we'd be fools not to listen to our government.