in his post about sugary drinks, Gucci Little Piggy correctly points out the contradictory nature of liberal beliefs. On the one hand, liberals believe that poor people are too stupid to be able to purchase soft drinks, but on the other hand liberals think that everyone should have the right to vote.
Maybe liberals aren’t as committed to equal voting rights as they pretend. Poor people conveniently vote Democratic, so liberals don’t have to make the hard choice of supporting universal suffrage in an alternate reality in which poor people vote Republican.
In any event, and this is a topic I’ve written about before, HBD teaches us that a lot of people are indeed too stupid to make good choices on their own. Liberals are more right about the sugary drink ban than libertarians.
I think it’s rather humorous that the ban doesn’t extend to fruit juice, even though fruit juice has as much calories as soda and fruit punch. This is an example of SWPLs outlawing low class foods rather than going after foods that are too sweet. So this is why we probably won’t see cupcakes outlawed, because SWPLs like to eat them. They might try to come up with some law that outlaws the Twinkie while retaining the equally caloric cupcake from Magnolia.
I think that the ban on cigarette smoking in bars and restaurants was a great idea; it made these places a lot more pleasant. I don’t see any personal benefit from the soft-drink ban; I don’t care if poor people drink huge sodas, and I don’t think this law will effectively prevent them from doing so because they can still buy huge sodas at the supermarket, and restaurants are also allowed to offer free refills. And if they were to switch to fruit juice (although that’s unlikely), then they would get just as fat from drinking fruit juice.
Guccie Little Piggy is wrong about the reason why soda is cheap; it has nothing to do with the cost of corn syrup vs. the cost of white sugar. Food and beverages that poor people like are priced lower because poor people are more price-sensitive. This is why unsweetened ice tea is more expensive than soda and even bottled water (which contains only a free ingredient) is more expensive. Food oriented towards SWPLs costs more because SWPLs have greater ability to pay.