Back when smoking bans were first getting real traction, some of us warned that society was starting down a slippery slope, in which the health and safety Puritans would take a victory over tobacco as an excuse to move on to things like alcohol, sugar, red meat, and so on. But who's laughing now? When the paternalistic left's campaign to limit us all to tofu has reached the sports pages, as in this Peter King column, you know we are sliding down the slope at full speed:
The mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, is under attack because he wants to eliminate the ability of fast food places to sell super-sized sugary drinks. Under attack is putting it nicely. The papers are killing him. I think Bloomberg's doing the right thing. You can't fight the obesity epidemic in this country by suggesting mild solutions. You've got to fight it. And Bloomberg's trying. Good for him. And if people don't like it, then tax soda. Tax the daylights out of it, the way we tax cigarettes.