Government regulation has long been a topic of contention among residents of New York City as a succession of leftist leaders has vowed to take away citizens’ freedom of choice in an ostensible effort to save them from their own bad choices.
Among the most notable recent examples of this trend was then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s failed effort to ban sugary beverages sold in containers larger than 16 ounces.
One Manhattan council member is doing his best to ban another common product completely within the nation’s most populous city. Democrat Daniel Garodnick recently claimed microbeads – used primarily in hygiene products including toothpaste and skin cleansers – are “toxic” pollutants worthy of absolute prohibition.
“The risks of passing toxic plastic beads up the food chain far outweigh having them in our beauty products,” he explained, citing his belief that humans are becoming sick after eating fish that consumed the tiny exfoliators. Similar efforts to ban microbeads are currently under way within the U.S. and beyond, due in large part to activism by some within the scientific and environmental communities.
California’s State Senate approves ban on harmful plastic microbeads http://t.co/D1swxUQHNR
— Plastic Tides (@plastictides) September 21, 2015
What many New Yorkers – and libertarian-leaning Americans across the nation – saw instead of a safety concern was a thinly veiled effort to give government even more control.
Weasel Zippers shared the story with its readers, many of whom found fault with the proposed ban.
“Just setting up a booming black market business,” one critic opined.
A number of readers pointed a finger at the voters who continue to elect such representatives.
“Seems like half of my state is infested with subhuman leftists that fled the mayhem and misery that they created in NY,” one commenter observed. “I wish that they would stay there and reap their rewards.”
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