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Government Knows Best: San Francisco Criminalizes Juice and Soft Drinks

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I will tell you here and now that I believe San Francisco to be one of the most beautiful cities in the United States. From the cultural and culinary diversity of Chinatown to the architectural magnificence of City Hall, there is no other municipality in our country that comes close to matching the City by the Bay.

However, the farthest left of America's whackjobs have flocked to San Francisco in droves since the Social Revolution of the 1960s. Today, those very whackjobs or their descendants control city government, and a great deal of them have decided to make the land they invaded a living hell for business.

Gavin Newsom, the Mayor of San Francisco and Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor of California, recently came to the conclusion that his hatred for soft drinks and juices containing sugar constitutes an outright ban on the sale of either products in vending machines. Of course, the Board of Supervisors deemed this as madness and effectively told him to take a hike.

Their decision did not get a good little tyrant like Gavin down, however. He decided that the only way to save the poor, feeble minded populace of San Francisco from themselves was to issue an executive order which would make his dreams a reality. In record time one was drafted, signed by him, and made law.

So, there you have it. The Great Big Government of one of America's largest cities has banned affordable and popular food items just as the Great Recession prepares to take an unexpected double dip. That should really turn things around for the better.

To describe Newsom's actions as idiotic would be a criminal understatement. As we all know, his executive order will not do a thing to curb the consumption of sugary drinks. This small minded dictator has literally pushed commerce out of his city and into its suburbs. If elected lieutenant governor, the people of California should expect more things like this from him on a statewide level.

Sadly, this is not the first, nor will it be the last, example of what happens when bureaucrats are given too much power. Judging from past results, they can be counted on to abuse it to no end.

Maybe now this message will sink in for the citizens of the City that Knows How.

About Joseph F. Cotto

  • http://drdreadful.blogspot.com Dr Dreadful

    Oh, no, the evil liberal hellhole that is San Francisco has banned the sale of soft and sugary drinks in vending machines on City property.

    It is, of course, completely beside the point that this will not affect vending machines in the 99% of the evil liberal hellhole that is San Francisco which is not City property. The sky is falling, and if Joseph doesn’t write an article to warn everyone about it, The World Will End.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    “I will tell you here and now that I believe San Francisco to be one of the most beautiful cities in the United States. From the cultural and culinary diversity of Chinatown to the architectural magnificence of City Hall, there is no other municipality in our country that comes close to matching the City by the Bay.”

    Too bad none of it has rubbed off on you, Joseph. Were you living there for a stretch or just slumming through? I could understand if it were the latter.

  • http://www.republicofdave.com Dave Nalle

    Everyone else has taken the route of punatively taxing them. That at least seems halfway useful.

    Dave

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/alan-kurtz Alan Kurtz

    Joseph Cotto, your statement that “the farthest left of America’s whackjobs have flocked to San Francisco in droves since the Social Revolution of the 1960s” is misleading if not historically inaccurate. San Francisco has been hospitable to “whackjobs,” as you call us, since at least the beginning of the California Gold Rush (1848-1855) and the raunchy environs of the Barbary Coast. In 1859, locally beloved lunatic Emperor Norton proclaimed himself “Emperor of these United States.” Eccentricity continued to be highly valued through the 1950s, when the Beat Generation launched modern-day counterculture from North Beach’s bohemian coffeehouses and bookstores. San Franciscans are proud to be known as whackjobs, especially if it means a certain entrepreneur and current events columnist will remain in Central Florida.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    I suppose Joseph Cotto does not subscribe to the Hotel-California syndrome – “You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave.”

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    Here you are, Joseph, listen to The Eagles and weep.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    A more dynamic version, Joseph, just for you -lest you become homesick.

  • http://www.maskedmoviesnobs.com El Bicho

    “From the cultural and culinary diversity of Chinatown”

    Huh? Last I heard “San Francisco’s Chinatown was the largest community of Chinese outside of Asia.” When did that change or do you not know what “diversity” means?

  • Arch Conservative

    Even I have to admit it. Banning soft drinks in the vending machines in municpal buildings or on other city property………….not that big of a deal. When they ban soft drinks in the entire city, including on private property/ at private businesses….then we have a problem.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/dr-dreadful/ Dr Dreadful

    I bet you that if it had been Visa, or one of the other major corporations based in San Francisco, who’d decided to ban soft drinks in vending machines on its premises, it wouldn’t even have occurred to Joseph to get upset about it.

    And they wouldn’t have had to go through any sort of democratic process to do it, either.

  • Dan

    I think it was cigarettes, then fois-gras in Chicago, then trans-fats in New York – and now soda and juice in San Francisco. How long will it take before dessert is outlawed?

    As long as this crazy tom-foolery stays in local communities – I’m fine with it. The Constitution allows them to do that. Keep that crap out of Washington though.

  • the real bob

    You’re all missing the point. This is a call for all of us to run for mayor of our various localities–look at the power. Imagine issuing an executive order that everyone must wear pink and green on Thursday, or eat pizza for breakfast. What fun!

  • Jordan Richardson

    Trans fats are banned here and the law is enforced by armed guards. Every time you try to have a French fry that isn’t regulation, you risk getting shot.

    Cling, America, cling to your soft drinks while you still can. As Dan says, first they come for your smokes, then they come for your fois-gras, then they come for your trans fats, then they come for your dessert, and then, when there’s nothing left, they come for YOU.

    Fear is your friend.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    You’re quite right, the real bob. Clint Eastwood ran for a major of Carmel, CA. on prohibiting consumption of ice cream on city streets. And he won!

  • http://ohcrapihaveacrushonsarahpalin.blogspot.com OhCrapIHaveACrushOnSarahPalin

    Oh noes, it’s hitler communism against soft drink free enterprise, someone call the militia.

  • Melinda Norris

    Anyone passionately concerned about the 1.crimes against humanity of BP petroleum, 2.towns without police or firemen, 3.A major earthquake in California with no police or firemen, 4.Having our Social Security taken away, 5.Our President bringing Jim Crow back to Washington D.C.?????