Heaven forbid we allow the consumers to make their own choices! Government really has no business making that decision for us, much less passing a law forcing that decision on us. Freedom doesn't end at good choices, otherwise it's not really freedom.......
Yup. You made a choice. That's what freedom is all about.
The government didn't take a choice away from me, though - that company did.
Huh? No it didn't. You were free to order any size soda you wanted. You were free to inquire as to the actual ounces in each "size" of drink and get the one you wanted. You were free to get a smaller or larger drink, as you pleased. What do you want? Someone else to make your choice for you? Or a government to impose your choice on everyone else?
Regulating the size of soda a company can sell isn't taking away your rights.
Of course it is. It's taking away the right to choose to buy a larger soda if you want. When did rights become defined in either/or terms? So since the company gives you the option of a larger drink, and you don't want one, instead of just asking for a smaller drink, you want the government to force the company to not be able to sell larger drinks at all, thus taking that choice away from all the consumers who might want larger drinks?
How the hell does that make any sense?
It's forcing companies, and by extension the public, to be more responsible about the choices they make.
No. It's forcing companies, and by extension the public, to make the choices they want it to make. Which is the opposite of freedom.
If NY tried to pass a law banning soda I'd be with you, but you are just grasping at straws with this one. If your wonderful free market hadn't made it a problem to begin with, this would never have seen the light of day.
The free market didn't make this a problem and I'm not sure why you'd think it did. The market offers larger drinks because customers want larger drinks. That and larger drinks are cheap, but make people think they're getting a better value. But at the end of the day, there's no law requiring companies to sell large drinks, nor consumers to buy large drinks. Thus, there is no problem which needs to be addressed.