Mississippi lawmakers have passed a bill that would prohibit local governments from creating bills to restrict portion sizes, as the debate over regulations on soda sizes rages in New York.No. No no no no NO. This is not how this works. You don't pass a law that makes it illegal to ban something - you just freaking don't ban something. GAH! Who's to say the next bill won't make it illegal to make it illegal to ban something? Then another bill making it illegal to make it illegal to make it illegal to ban something? We're entering a Silly Cold War here.
The House passed the final version of Senate Bill 2687 on a 92-26 vote Wednesday. It bars local governments from requiring nutritional information, restricting portion sizes, or barring toys in kids' meals.
On second thought, maybe they're onto something. Keep lawmakers busy passing laws banning someone else from banning something. Perhaps the back-and-forth will keep them from infringing further on our freedoms - or at the very least slow them down somewhat. Maybe it's not so bad if we have lawmakers making laws that only affect what laws the government can make? But then again, remember, the government is not looking to actually *fix* any problems, because then they'd be out of a job...
I understand the sentiment, I really do. It seems like every time you turn around, some nanny state joker is filing one bill or another making yet another thing illegal. Trans fats, food containing too much sodium, large sodas; it seems like the omnipresent nanny state grows ever larger in a vain attempt to save us from ourselves. More and more, it seems that legislation is trying to take the place of common sense and personal responsibility - and in some cases, like with the banning of toys from Happy Meals, completely crossing the line into outright caricature.
But for the love of all that's good and wholesome, passing a law saying you can't pass a law? Really?
That is all.
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