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Bloomberg: “I do think there are certain times we should infringe on your freedom”

NYC Mayor Michael BloombergWhen visiting New York City, check your personal freedoms at the door — at least as long as Mayor Michael Bloomberg is in charge.

“I do think there are certain times we should infringe on your freedom,” he said on Sunday morning.

Bloomberg appeared on NBC‘s ‘Meet the Press,’ where host David Gregory grilled the Mayor about his failed soda ban, something Bloomberg said he would appeal.

“We think the judge was just clearly wrong on this,” the Mayor said. “Our Department of Health has the legal ability to do this.”

He added that they’re “not banning anything,” doubling down on his comments from earlier this month.

Gregory said Bloomberg’s soda ban was really just a “public awareness” campaign and suggested there was a better way to achieve the end results of better health and lower obesity rates.

“You could do ads for education,” the host said. “As the executive of New York City, you are telling people what they can and cannot do. Why is that government’s job to do that?”

Bloomberg countered that they weren’t telling anyone what they can or cannot do with the soda ban. He said there are certain instances where things should be banned or freedoms should be infringed upon — such as drunk driving or taking a gun onto an airplane. But seemingly contradicting his own attempted soda ban, he added that he believes people should have the right to smoke, own a firearm or make their own weight decisions.

“If you want to eat a lot and get fat, you have a right to do it,” he said. “But our job of government is to inform the public.”

Guess the right to “get fat” doesn’t include sodas larger than 16 ounces.


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