Mayor Bloomberg with Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs (NYTimes)

And they wonder why people keep moving out of New York. Mayor Michael “Nanny” Bloomberg has decided to ban large soft drinks in New York City. “What if I want to buy a large and share it with my wife?” you ask. Stop arguing. Nanny knows what’s best for you.

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CO2Insanity May 31, 2012 at 7:37 am

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He should move to Israel and become a Jewish nanny. Nah,they probably don’t want his dumb ass either.

PsychoDad May 31, 2012 at 7:42 am

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(H)e said. “I think that’s what the public wants the mayor to do.”

So. That’s what he thinks. Any evidence for that? Any research?

Just unbelievable. Gotta admit though, I was back down in NYC last Saturday with an old high school buddy. Man o man, walking down Madison Avenue on a Saturday morning is beautiful. I like NY a helluva lot more than Boston.

Sidekick May 31, 2012 at 8:03 am

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I love to visit both cities but I wouldn’t want to live in either one again. They are both beautiful on the surface.

Navyvet May 31, 2012 at 7:53 am

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Great news. I think it is asinine but when people get what they vote for, I am at happy for them. I think he should significantly raise taxes across the board in order to make his voters even happier.

Notsosilent May 31, 2012 at 8:10 am

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Tom Sullivan was talking about people leaving New York and California on his show yesterday. Both taxes tax you to death for everything and he sad somewhere around 400,000 people left New York and took about 20 Billion, that’s Billion, in taxable income with them, and this guy is worried about soda? What a moron. When Kalifornia falls into the ocean New York won’t be far behind..these Libturds are sooo outside the mainstream they don’t know what reality is…Now I am going to have a large Coke..Screw You Bloomturd.

Noelegy May 31, 2012 at 8:48 am

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I read it was 3.4 million people who’ve left. Maybe that was just the state, not the city.

Notsosilent May 31, 2012 at 11:40 am

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I think his numbers were just the City, he had them both for major cities and for the entire state of New York and California…

Sidekick May 31, 2012 at 8:17 am

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Below is an excerpt from a f/b thread between me and a guy I knew slightly from college. The thread was about this topic.

Me:
Move to a right to work state and your taxes will decrease. It isn’t magic.
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Yes, move to a “right to work” (I.e., no rights for YOU in your workplace), state, and MUCH more than your property and income taxes will decrease. Your private property rights will decrease. Individual rights decrease. Voting rights decrea…se. Wages decrease. Education decreases. Recreational opportunities decrease. Wildlife decreases. Quality of life decreases. But other things increase, like poverty, obesity, infant mortality, pollution, trailer parks, sales tax on food, and corporate rights. It isn’t magic; it’s greed and corporate welfare. Greetings from what you get when you have the lowest property taxes in the nation: Alabama. We dare defend corporate rights. Everybody else can F-off. Do you really want to live in Alabama? Is that the best this nation can aspire to now? Our low taxes are one reason other states pay more in federal tax. We get $1.25 +/- BACK from the federal government for each dollar we pay in federal taxes. Our low state taxes are subsidized by YOUR federal taxes. Someone always HAS to pay for greed and stupidity. Believe me, aiming low gets you one thing: low. When will America aim high? See More
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A Third Guy:
Let’s see, how do you frame my property rights in the current setup? Mandatory dues (a legal requirement enforced by police power of the state) directly deducted from my paycheck without my consent and sent to unions without my consent, the proceeds of which can be given to politcal, and often corruptly so, initiatives which I may or may not support?
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Me:
I have lived in both types of states (several of each) and you are wrong. Dead wrong. I give you mad props for spouting the the far left talking points, though. You may have hit them all except for Republicans wanting to kill puppies. California, New York, Connecticut, Illinois are all reliable Blue States and where is their population going? Those states are going broke or are already broke. Liberal politics, cronyism, and unsustainable spending have ruined those states. I’m from Connecticut and its productive class population has been decreasing for years. Ever been to Detroit? Even FDR opposed public sector unions. By the way, you need to dig deeper as to why more federal tax dollars go to Red States. Hint: It isn’t welfare schemes. Look at things like where most military bases are and federal employee populations. Voting rights? Private property rights? Are you kidding me? No rights in the work place!? Obesity related to right to work legislation? WTF. Sales tax on food? Other than Tennessee, I’ve never seen it and they have no state income tax and very low property taxes. It is a regressive tax and wrong, IMO, but not relevant to the issue. No trailer parks but in union states? Tell you what, you stay in your progressive world and continue to be over taxed and left to support an ever growing dependent class and those of us who figured it out will hope that “your” states develop some fiscal responsibility and economic literacy before we, in the Red States, have to bail out the Blue States. California – $16B in the hole! Great schools….give me a break.

The “Other Guy” reminds me of someone here. Deflection, topic changes, and unsubstantiated nonsense. Where do these people come from?

drb May 31, 2012 at 8:51 am

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Where do these people come from?

Unions.

Sidekick May 31, 2012 at 9:10 am

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Not this guy. He is an over educated pseudo-intellectual

drb May 31, 2012 at 9:26 am

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That would have been my second guess.

Noelegy May 31, 2012 at 8:46 am

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Really, Mayor? You’ve solved all the other problems in your fair city, so you’ve got time to go after sugar and salt and fat?

AZ Dude May 31, 2012 at 12:13 pm

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I blame it on Rudy G–he cleaned up the place so much Mayor Bloomers has nothing else to do!

bgirardo May 31, 2012 at 8:50 am

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OK … from now on, everyone, buy two drinks at the same time! :-)

drb May 31, 2012 at 8:53 am

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That’s exactly what will happen

Bonfire of the Absurdities May 31, 2012 at 9:00 am

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Will probably cost you more money – that may have been the whole point. Crony capitalism.

Sidekick May 31, 2012 at 9:12 am

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The vendors certainly will make more money. Two smaller drinks will cost more than one large. New Yorkers = bovine. Dumb and easily led.

drb May 31, 2012 at 9:25 am

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Oh I’m sure that was the point. I have no doubt about it.

loshonhora June 1, 2012 at 3:19 am

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and will the city reap more soda tax from 2 drinks? hidden tax increase?…

Rick June 1, 2012 at 10:26 am

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Nope….every retailer ought to run an unannounced special once or twice a week where you can buy two for one. For what people have to pay in NYC for anything that’s a deal no matter how you look at it.

GhostntheMachine June 4, 2012 at 2:31 pm

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What I can’t figure is why the Greenie-Weenies aren’t throwing a hissy fit over this. Won’t this just create twice as much garbage for the landfills?

Karmaa June 19, 2012 at 1:25 pm

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Because they are hypocrites? But no worries – they understand that this is just step-1 in the process. As soon as this passes, they will start to stir up the troops and scream bloody murder about limiting purchases.

CO2Insanity May 31, 2012 at 9:00 am

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LOL even SF gets it. They’re talking on the radio going: duh, like someone won’t just buy 2 smaller bottles?

Karmaa June 19, 2012 at 1:29 pm

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As soon as their medical-marijuana-stupor goes away, they will realize the possibilities. A flat excise tax on EACH CUP SOLD! Like they do to cigarettes now. Double the tax revenue, and the people are too stupid to understand… or care… so long as they can get their gluttony sated.

JustAl May 31, 2012 at 9:42 am

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So.
Can a political party excommunicate a politician? Inquiring minds want to know!

Rick June 1, 2012 at 10:30 am

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Why Dumkopf seems to be the perfect democrat, he’s only missing that crucial qualifier of a sex scandal to put him on the top shelf with the rest of the dem greats.

mojo May 31, 2012 at 11:04 am

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Gracie Mansion is due for some heavy remodeling, I’d say.

Paden May 31, 2012 at 12:16 pm

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Well you know Blowberg din’t ban large sodas because “he cares”, there has to be some thing more sinister behind all these “bans”

Progressive Hemrrhoid May 31, 2012 at 1:45 pm

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Mayor Bloomtard is trying to increase revenue through the bottle deposit tax, IE: more containers, more taxes. But all he’s really going to create is another black market.
Pssssssstttt,
Hey kid, wanna buy a 2 liter bottle of Pepsi for your next party???

Geoff B June 1, 2012 at 12:51 am

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This guy used to claim to be a Republican! WTF? Nancy Pelosi is Ann Coulter compared to this douchebag. People in San Francisco must think New Yorkers are a bunch of liberal pussies at this point.

Henry June 3, 2012 at 7:19 pm

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Since the NYC population keeps increasing this headline should read “Why people keep moving TO New York.”

Census data here: http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/36/3651000.html

J.P. Travis June 3, 2012 at 7:31 pm

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You apparently don’t understand statistics. The uptick in population is entirely immigrants, much of which is illegal. 1.6 million RSIDENTS of New York state moved out between 2000 and 2010. Meanwhile, states that aren’t run by morons are growing prodigiously.

Henry June 3, 2012 at 8:59 pm

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Learn more about NYC population “churn” and domestic migration loss which is at levels below most of last decade. http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/census/popcur.shtml

In other words NYC has always relied on international migration as an increase in population, to offset waves of older immigrant populations moving out and new waves moving in. Also, many population experts agree that if we count undocumented the population would be even higher than reported.

Sidekick June 4, 2012 at 3:45 am

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Look at the demos. It is the productive class that is moving out (read tax payers). The tax consumer class as evidenced by your post is moving into NYC and state. That is the issue not the raw population number. Same thing is happening in California.

J.P. Travis June 4, 2012 at 8:07 am

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The Census DOES count undocumented. You don’t need to be a citizen to be counted in the Census. There have been about a thousand news stories in the last month talking about the fact that New York residents are moving out, so it’s a little weird that we’re debating this.

flashingscotsman June 19, 2012 at 9:27 am

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I was once in a Geography class as a kid. We were given the chapter on New York City as a reading assignment. The next day, I was called on by the teacher, asked to tell something about the people of NYC that I had learned from the chapter.

“The people of New York City are stupid.”

“It said that in the book?”

“Yes. It said that New York City is densely populated.”

Kirsten B June 18, 2012 at 5:29 am

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Guess What? I’m leaving New York! I am not an undocumented immigrant, immigrant, etc. I was born and raised here as well as my family. I’m the only knucklehead left here and I am done. I want the world to know that New York will no longer chew me up and spit me out with its “wannabe aristocratic, upper echelon WASPs and mid life crisis rock band pipe dream has beens that never will be”. There, I said it. I am so done and over this place. I never realized how spoiled and blinded I was by this place. I now see the light and will never make the mistake again. Farewell and the sooner you can get out the more real you will be.

KimmyQueen June 19, 2012 at 11:40 am

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In college the Psych professor cited a study done at some point that stated that out of 10 people I believe it was 6 o 7 people that suffered or had SOME kind of mental disease. Although of course a serious subject, he did joke that you have to be insane to move to New York. It seems that is truly the case… insane and/or illegal it seems.

flashingscotsman June 19, 2012 at 1:00 pm

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I was there for one weekend. Not going back.