When it comes to Nanny Statism there's no greater proponent than New York City's Mayor, Michael Nanny Bloomberg. As a liberal know-it-all, he believes he has the personal right to tell you what you should be eating, smoking, inhaling, and probably thinking as well. His campaigns against smoking, salt, fast food, and trans fats, just to name a few, are the stuff of legends. Nanny Bloomberg commands a vast legion of pointy-headed petty bureaucrats who are ready, at the drop of a hat, to enforce his will.
Witness the latest episode where the mayor has personally banned private food contributions to the City's burgeoning empire of homeless shelters. The mayor is alarmed that homeless recipients, who might otherwise be starving on the streets, could be getting food too high in calories, salt, and fat. In his stilted view of the universe, he probably believes he's doing God's work. After all, if he doesn't watch the diet of the homeless, then who will? This is exactly the type of policy that inhibits people from helping those in need and performing a vital service to their fellow man.
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