If you want a reminder that nannies never ever go away (and why public nuisances like Bloomberg are some of the least convincing advocates there are for ‘limited’, ‘reasonable’ gun control), here’s another story on the progressive (in both senses of the word) infantilization of New York City.
The New York Times reports:
Young New Yorkers would not be able to buy cigarettes until they were 21, up from the current 18, under a proposal advanced Monday by Dr. Thomas A. Farley, the city’s health commissioner, and Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker… The new proposal would make the age for buying cigarettes the same as for buying liquor. It was not immediately clear whether Dr. Farley’s proposal would make it illegal for people under 21 to possess cigarettes, as well as to buy them.
So let me get this right; in the view of these two busybodies, a twenty year-old is old enough to vote, to join the army, to drive, be tried as an adult, well, you name it, but incapable—quite incapable—of deciding for himself whether to buy a cigarette.
I wish I could say I was surprised by this latest lurch in the direction of prohibition, but, after the antics of the last few years, I am not. And it’s important to stress that this move is not about health (well not much, anyway), but about control, government without limits, and the prohibitionists’ narcissistic need to demonstrate their own supposed virtue.