the*blue*girl wrote:im agreeing with tiff here. trans-fats are SO bad for you, they do so much shit to your body. i don't see the point of trans-fat anyways, so why shouldn't they ban it?
Because they have no right to? Because it's unamerican? Because it's ridiculous that they're spending taxpayer money on such a trivial thing? Because it can have a potentially severe effect on certain aspects of that economy? (especially the fast food industry) I can list at least 10 other reasons as to why they shouldn't ban transfats.
and saying that this takes away american freedom doesn't seem a completly logical arguement to me. there are laws in america, so maybe this should be one of them. drugs are illegal, so should you say thats "taking away american freedom" too? so saying that they shouldn't ban trans-fats, which are horrible for you, is kinda like saying they shouldn't ban drugs, in my opinion.
Ok, America was founded on the basis of freedom. And I will sum up this notion in one sentence: You (as an american) have the right to do whatever you want, as long as you do not infringe upon the rights of others. Laws are in place to defend these rights. What you're saying is "Well, there are laws in america, so they should be able to make whatever laws they want." No. That's not how it works. That's not what America was founded on. Why not ban High Fructose Corn Syrup? That's horrid for you too. How about artificial sweeteners (such as those used in diet cola)?? Frankly, it's not for the government to decide, and we shouldn't be setting a precident by arbitrarily banning things because "Zomg it's bad for you."
And as for your argument about drugs. You have no idea how many people DO believe that drugs should be made legal (same argument, i have the right to do whatever I want, as long as I don't infringe on the rights of others). That's a huge stance in the Libertarian party. Heck, why is drinking alcohol alright and smoking pot isn't? They're pretty much are the same in my eyes. However, transfats and illegal drugs are NOT in the same playing field. The argument for banning drugs is that not only do they harm you, but your use of them can harm others (infringing on the rights of others). That of course is debatable. Transfats not so much.
But really, I just don't even care anymore. Tiff was talking to me earlier, and she was like "Well, you don't live in New York so it doesn't really affect you". Thank God she's right. I don't think Nevadans would put up with this crap.
If New York is really concerned about transfats, here are some more acceptable solutions:
-Education programs to inform consumers of the health risks of transfats.
-PSA explaining "ZOMG DON'T EAT TRANSFATS".
-Encouraging companies to stop using transfats. Giving some type of incentive for those that cut back.
All these would be a somewhat iffy way to spend taxpayer money (but hey, 90% of the government's spending of taxpayer money is iffy, so what the hell), but at least it wouldn't make our founding fathers (and mothers! =P) roll over in their graves.