Behind the Scenes of a New Law
The most evil people in government isn’t who we elect, it’s who they select. Most politicians aren’t evil. They are looking out for their futures. Their motivation is money for their re-election campaigns and helping out their “buddies” who helped them get elected. It is these “buddies” who are evil. They are opportunistic and often write the laws that the politicians would pass.
One example is the latest soft drink law passed by New York City’s City Council. It was a pet project by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and passed by the Council. The law, which prohibits soft drinks to be sold in open containers larger than 16 fluid ounces in places like movie theaters and restaurants. A customer can still buy 32 ounces of soda, but it has to be in two 16 ounce cups instead of a big gulp cup.
The official reason why this bill became law is that it “fights obesity.” If City Council really wanted to fight obesity, they would have also banned larger sized bottles of soda. They could have banned Twinkies. They could have mandated exercise. They didn’t. There is more to this law that meets the eye.
People aren’t going to movies as often as they used to. The Cinemafia has to recoup their losses somehow. People are already complaining about the prices of soda and popcorn in concession stands. They can’t just quit selling large sodas on their own – it’s too unnatural. So they talk to their local City Councilperson as a “concerned citizen”. They claim that people are getting obese because of large soft drinks at movie theaters and at restaurants. They include restaurants as a guise because restaurants are dead against such a law and the Cinemafia doesn’t want to give the appearance that they will be the only people to benefit from the new law.
How does the Cinemafia benefit from this law? They benefit by getting more money for soda without raising prices. A 16-ounce soda goes for about $4.00 while a 32-ounce goes for $5.00. By emphasizing that the new law allows customers to buy two 16-ounce sodas instead of one 32-ounce soda, they can charge $8.00 instead of the $5.00 they currently get for 32 ounces.
This bill will not combat obesity. It won’t stop customers from getting obese nor will it do anything to slim the wallets of the Cinemafia. The next time you hear that someone is a “concerned citizen”, find out why he or she is so concerned.
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