Recently I’ve decided to expand my podcast listening tastes and began listening to the daily NPR podcast Talk of the Nation. Last Friday, they had a segment that was discussing the New York City cap on sodas over 16 oz. As a libertarian, I lost track of how many times I rolled my eyes or vocally expressed my disbelief at what I was hearing. The host of the show had two ‘experts’ on: One was Marion Nestle of New York University and the other was Brian Wansink of Cornell University. Both were people involved in the debate over the public health issues surrounding the debate. What troubled me was the fact that everyone on the show just tacitly assumed that some sort of government intervention in the name of public health was perfectly justified. In fact, Ms. Nestle would frequently suggest the government do more.
When all of this talk was going around concerning the NYC soda ban, I shrugged my shoulders and thought how typical of big government supporters. I didn’t want to think too much about, much less write about it, because I thought it was all absurd. But now that it has become official in NYC and given that many, at least in the NPR crowd, think it’s perfectly OK for government to make our health choices for us, I feel compelled to say something. Are we out of our minds?!?!?