From the New York Times:
First New York City required restaurants to cut out trans fat. Then it made restaurant chains post calorie counts on their menus. Now it wants to protect people from another health scourge: salt.
NYC is pushing a “plan,” which officials claim has backing from “health agencies” across the country, to reduce salt by 25% in processed and restaurant food within five years. Next, Mayor Bloomberg plans to dictate the maximum level of tarragon allowed in dishes calling for tarragon, the minimum distance from the wall to which one is allowed to pull one’s car in one’s own garage, and the maximum sit-time permissible on the commode. He sees this last measure as key to reducing the incidence of hemorrhoids among avid toilet readers.
For an analysis of nannyism writ large, see my article, “The great cosmic nanny this was comes.”
According to the Times:
The city’s salt campaign is in some ways more ambitious and less certain of success than the ones it waged against smoking and obesity.
Busybody, all-knowing, all-controlling progressive zealots wage “ambitious… campaign[s]” to force everyone to live life the way they themselves believe it must be lived — for everyone’s own good, of course.
The Times adds:
On Monday, after a year of consultations with industry, the city will release preliminary targets for sodium content. After a review, the city will unveil final targets in the spring and ask companies to commit to the program.
Progressive government nannies setting expectations, folding their arms, furrowing their brows, and waiting for the children to comply with their commands.