David Bloomberg is out to save the world, one consomme at a time. He’s demonized your fizzy drinks and railed against your fast food. He’s determined to keep you healthy and is willing to use the power (and money) of big government to do it. Why? Because you can’t be trusted to make these choices for yourself. That’s why.
So what’s next on the list for this Richard Simmons of the Nanny State? Here’s a hint: It eats like a meal and can kill you at 5 paces. That’s right – soup. “The Campbells Coronary.”
Mayor Bloomberg’s latest health campaign — cutting salt intake — has targeted soup as one of the big sodium offenders to be taken down with new city ads.
The ads, which will be plastered on subways for the next two months, feature a half-opened can of soup with a geyser of salt spewing from the top and forming a heap around the can.
Trying to put fear into the hearts of salt-aholics, the ads will warn that excessive sodium “can lead to heart attack and stroke” and list average amounts of salt in various foods, such as salad dressing and frozen pizza.
In all seriousness, it is absurd that in the midst of near double digit unemployment and a budget crisis that this is the best use of government money -to save people from themselves. Remember folks, this is a man whose name has been bandied about for a possible run at the White House in 2012. As noble as his goal of keeping people healthy may be, it should not be the responsibility of government to make those choices for us, or indeed to use taxpayer money to frighten people into making the choices that their elected officials wish them to make.