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December 30, 2006

The Nanny State: Manhattan Edition

by Doug Mataconis

The New York Post chronicles the list of things that the City of New York has tried to ban this year, sometimes successfully:

  • Trans-fats.
  • Aluminum baseball bats.
  • The purchase of tobacco by 18- to 20-year-olds.
  • Foie gras.
  • Pedicabs in parks.
  • New fast-food restaurants (but only in poor neighborhoods).
  • Lobbyists from the floor of council chambers.
  • Lobbying city agencies after working at the same agency.
  • Vehicles in Central and Prospect parks.
  • Cell phones in upscale restaurants.
  • The sale of pork products made in a processing plant in Tar Heel, N.C., because of a unionization dispute.
  • Mail-order pharmaceutical plans.
  • Candy-flavored cigarettes.
  • Gas-station operators adjusting prices more than once daily.
  • Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

And. oh yeah, Pit Bulls

The Post puts it best:

[W]hat the council needs is a ban on bills banning things.

Unless it wants to ban . . . itself.

Heh.

H/T: Hit & Run


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