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New York’s mayor wants to ban
The sale of jumbo drinks.
This will cure obesity,
At least that’s what he thinks.

Those who guzzle sweet iced tea
Or soda by the gallons
Never thought they’d have to hide
From Mayor Bloomberg’s talons.

It’s a bit Big Brotherish,
For putting into law
A bill to limit what we drink
Can stick in someone’s craw.

I’m conflicted – though I know
These drinks can make you fat,
Government should not control
Our choice to get like that.

People most affected by
A strong, humongous thirst
Will simply buy two smaller drinks 
And Bloomberg will get cursed.

As freedom slowly fades away,
It causes me to think;
And though I’ll use a smaller cup,
I really need a drink!

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  1. Date: 9/19/2012 7:38:00 PM
    A similar proposal was being considered in Philadelphia as well. Good write about an asinine idea.

  1. Date: 9/14/2012 2:56:00 PM
    Oh a poem of common sense, to day that is a rarity, common sense that is, love this ilene, how about you becoming a candidate for mayor; although i've just had a thought , in todays current market situation, manufacturers usually change more for a small container of drink, so 2 small against a withdrawn jumbo, more profit: Oh you've got me going now... again wonderful poem, i just love what you write!!

  1. Date: 9/14/2012 11:30:00 AM
    That will also prompt me to look for a drink Ilene, what happened to freedom of choice lol.. Hope you have a fabulous weekend ;)

  1. Date: 9/13/2012 10:13:00 PM
    Hey, just take your own big cup around with you and pour the two small ones into it. heehee. I am always thinking of how to beat the system. Such silliness with all the horrible world problems around us, isn't it?? you tell it, girl.