The 'highest duty' of government?
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is one strange dude. He clearly has issues with food -- not the food that he puts in his own body, but the food chosen by other people for consumption. Mayor Mike evidently is tormented by the thought that other people might eat food which he regards as unhealthy.
How else to explain this utterly bizarre statement: (via Eric Sheiner of CNS News)
During a United Nations General Assembly summit on non-communicable diseases -- a discussion that included diet and eating habits -- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said "governments at all levels must make healthy solutions the default social option."
Speaking on the government's role in diet and health last week, Bloomberg told the UN General Assembly, "There are powers only governments can exercise, policies only governments can mandate and enforce and results only governments can achieve. To halt the worldwide epidemic of non-communicable diseases, governments at all levels must make healthy solutions the default social option. That is ultimately government's highest duty." (emphasis added)
What happened to ensuring domestic tranquility, safeguarding liberty, and defending against foreign enemies? Apparently in Blookmberg's bizarro world, such duties pale before ensuring you don't put too much salt on that burger (even though purported "experts" now are hedging on the anti-salt position they formerly took).
There's an old fashioned expression for people like Bloomberg who obsess over the personal choices of others: busybodies.
My mesasge to the mayor: back-off!