The New York City Board of Health voted yesterday to ban artificial trans fats from all restaurants in the city.
There is no doubt that trans fats aren't exactly GOOD for you, but are they really all that bad? It doesn't matter though, let people choose for themselves. The overall public doesn't seem that concerned with the amount of trans fat in their diet. The FDA estimates that we consume an average of 4.7 pounds of trans fat each year. That works out to be .012 pounds each day. A minuscule amount really.
The city of New York is going to impose a cost of millions of dollars on the private sector so that people who are eating out in the city consume a little less trans fat.
How could this possibly be a concern of a local government? If they can do this, where does it end? How long before they start telling us what we can and cannot cook in our own homes?
Remember folks, the very nature of government is to accrue more power to itself. It is up to us to keep it in check. What have you done for liberty today?