Mississippi Republican Sen. Tony Smith (above), also owner of the Stonewall’s BBQ chain, thinks the government should stay out of people’s mouths and stop trying to control what people eat. Smith is the author of Mississippi’s “Anti-Bloomberg Bill”, which aims to ban communities from requiring restaurants to post calorie counts on menus and limit portion sizes. It also forbids rules from banning toys from kids’ meals.
“If we give government a little more control of our personal rights — where does it stop?” Smith said.
I find it ironic that Smith plays a part in legislating abortion in Mississippi, apparently thinking that government should control the reproductive rights of women, but not the amount of calories people eat. If you want unlimited ribs, there’s probably a rib shack on every corner, but if you want an abortion, there’s only one place in the state to get one.
Smith’s bill received huge bipartisan support, and the governor is expected to sign it. There were only a few naysayers who said that local government should be allowed to make their own rules.
Chip Johnson, mayor of Hernando and president of the Mississippi Municipal League, disagrees with the law.
“We are still one of the most obese states in the nation, and I think it’s our job to help educate the public,” he said. “Sometimes that might take the form of menu labeling.”
On one hand, you have New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s effort to make his city less fat, but here’s Mississippi, proving they want big government away from their plates and waists.