Bloomberg’s 12 years as mayor of New York City have been referred to as a “stereotypically laughable example of a liberal nanny state at its worst. He “unleashed a tsunami of public health initiatives” in an attempt to regulate or ban dozens of items and behaviors from Big Gulps to cigarettes, from composting to trans fats. He did this because he thinks there are times when government “should infringe on your freedom.” Bloomberg doesn’t think you know what you want, or what is best for you. He has actually said, “you don’t know what you care about. Because what you care about changes with what’s going on in the world, and you need somebody to make those decisions for you.” And Bloomberg has spent his billions trying to be that somebody.
A better question might be what hasn't he tried to regulate or ban. Here's the list of some of the items on his nanny agenda: alcohol, calorie counts, carbon, cell phones, cigarettes, contraceptives, composting, fingerprinting, gasoline, noise, politics, privacy, Second Amendment, soda, sodium, Styrofoam, taxis, tanning, traffic congestion and trans fats.
The political elite wants to take guns away from the law-abiding while remaining surrounded by armed security.
The mayor's birth-control blitz included ensuring ready access to Plan B "morning after pills" for schoolkids.
The notorious non-smoker tried to tax tobacco, raise the smoking age and label non-tobacco e-cigarettes a tobacco product.
All hail, Hizzoner: Bloomberg had a long-standing vendetta against New York's yellow cabs and vowed to destroy the industry.
The billionaire who travels by limousine proposed plans to raise prices at the pump, fueling outrage among residents.
Bloomberg’s controversial plan to charge people to drive into key parts of Manhattan during the week never hit the fast lane.
Shh! The mayor wanted the city that never sleeps to turn down the volume or be penalized to a tune of up to $25,000.
Bloomberg ranked among the worst individual polluters ever to hold public office, yet he sought to tax you instead.
Whether serving as mayor or throwing millions behind his pet causes, he's like the spoiled child who always gets his way.
When Bloomberg decreed trans fats as bad and banned them, restauranteurs were left to shoulder the cost of his health crusade.
Although he often personally enjoyed a good salty snack, or perhaps because of it, the mayor led the war on sodium.
The mayor's efforts to limit the sale of sugary drinks to containers less than 16 ounces quickly fizzled.
The mayor apparently believed that obesity was caused by lack of information, so he fought for calorie labeling on menus.
In one of his final acts, the mayor wanted to make it mandatory for residents to separate their food scraps from the rest of their trash.
Much like his anti-gun policies that punish the law-abiding, he tried to punish moderate drinkers for the excesses of others.
There was a simple solution in front of him, but leave it to Bloomberg to go the ban route instead and drive up prices.