The Nanny State: Manhattan Editionby 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:
- 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.
H/T: Hit & Run