My first month back from legislative session has been completely consumed by work and family life — as it should be.
The weather has been cold and rainy this week, perfect weather for watching hours and hours of college basketball. Unfortunately, Mason was bounced from its conference tournament on Monday and yesterday UVA crumbled in the ACC quarterfinals in Greensboro. Looks like our basketball hopes will be solely riding on the VCU Rams, who should win the Atlantic 10.
Pretty much sleeping on the national political scene, although I did notice a few days ago that Mayor Bloomberg’s “soda ban” in New York was struck down by a court there. (Unrelatedly, I will be in Manhattan on business on Monday).
The Mayor is a proponent of what I would gently call “the New Moralism” which basically seeks to ban or highly tax all things which are not deemed healthy: guns, cigarettes, soda, etc. Needless to say, his views in that space are not entirely consistent. If sodas over a certain size are banned — then why not ban large pizzas? How about the $8 super-size tub of popcorn at the movies?
In life, you have to allow people a certain amount of freedom to make choices. It’s harder to imagine a more personal choice (and one less accessible to state interference) than what people choose to put in their bodies. Besides if you ban drinks over a certain size, people can always just buy two. Am I the first person to realize that?