The ban’s purpose is not to reduce the obesity rate like Bloomberg claims. Its purpose is not even symbolic, a sign that the city is seen “doing something”. That ban is a prime example of “Hat on a Stick” legislation.
What’s “Hat on a Stick” legislation?
That’s when the lord of the land puts his hat on a stick, places it in the market square, and decrees that all who pass it must doff their own hats in greeting. Compliance with the law isn’t difficult—it doesn’t take much time to doff your cap briefly, and costs virtually no effort, much like New Yorkers can order two 16-ounce Cokes instead of one 32-ounce one. The purpose, of course, is to establish that the lord has the right to tell you that you must doff your hat, whether there’s a point to it or not.
If people accept that their government has the right to dictate to them under threat of force what size containers they may consume sugar water out of, what other edicts will they accept?