Restaurants in some towns are now being forced to stop using trans fats. According to the latest biochemistry, trans fats are bad for you.
No doubt. Many foodstuffs are bad for you, can even kill you, at least in the long run. Maybe — if you eat too much of them, exercise too little, and don’t get flattened by a Mack truck before your vessels clog.
But what business is it of anyone in government what risks I take to enjoy my candy bar? And if it’s kosher to ban restaurants from using trans fats, what’s next, outlawing sugar, grease, and fast food?
Outlawing fast food? McDonald’s will always be with us.
Except in South Los Angeles, where a town council has just passed a year-long moratorium on new fast-food restaurants.
And so yesterday’s argument from absurdity becomes today’s compromise and tomorrow’s legislation. South LA is not facing an outright ban on fast food. But what the nutritional tyrants are doing there comes close. And nudges us closer to the outright prohibition they would prefer. They just don’t want individuals to make their own choices about what food to eat or restaurants to patronize.
What’s next, a moratorium on . . . well, let’s not give these guys any more ideas, even absurd ones. What we can conceive as idiotic they can spiff up as policy. And somehow not laugh.
But then, I’m not laughing now, either.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.