Mississippi governor signs ‘anti-Bloomberg’ bill into law

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Sometimes, politics mimics Newton’s third law of motion: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed a new law Monday that says Mississippi cities and counties can’t ban Big Gulps or plastic toys in kids’ meals, or require the listing of calorie counts on food and drink.

Some are calling it an “anti-Bloomberg” bill — a jab at New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who tried to ban the sale of super-sized soft drinks, according to CNS News.

“It is simply not the role of government to micro-regulate citizens’ dietary decisions,” Bryant said in a statement accompanying the bill signing. “The responsibility for one’s personal health depends on individual choices about a proper diet and appropriate exercise.”

Is it possible that this whole concept of personal responsibility that drove our Founding Fathers is catching on again?

Of course, it would be helpful if Mississippi were not the most obese state in the nation. Federal rankings show nearly 35 percent of Mississippi adults were very fat in 2011, the worst rate in the nation, CNS News notes.

But a stand on principle is what really matters, right?

The law was pushed by the state restaurant association and chicken growers, among others — entities that produce sizable campaign donations. If history is any indicator, the odds are in your favor that this reality trumped principle as a motivating factor for Mississippi lawmakers.

Tom Tillison


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