The New York City Board of Health will vote September 13 on whether to implement Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed ban on sugary soda in containers larger than 16 ounces. Rather than having a pragmatic, detail-oriented, empirically-based discussion about the merits of Bloomberg’s proposal, however, New Yorkers have, in true American style, elevated the debate into nothing less than a blood-and-tears struggle for freedom against the oppressive forces of tyrannical statism.
With the vast majority of the Affordable Care Act upheld by the Supreme Court, Obamacare — or what Paul Begala justly called “a policy conceived by the Heritage Foundation, midwifed by Newt Gingrich, raised by Mitt Romney, and then adopted in adulthood by Barack Obama” — is set to become the law of the land.
With the Summer Olympics set to begin July 27 in London, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has ruled that women with hyperandrogenism — a condition in which the body produces excessively high levels of androgens, “male” hormones with performance-enhancing effects — may be declared ineligible for competition.
By adopting cutthroat fiscal policies that make it harder and harder for working-class moms and dads to find the time and money to spend meaningful time with growing kids, conservatives are themselves undermining the family values they profess to promote.
But might intellectual goals alone constitute too narrow a vision, too humble an ambition, too timid an aspiration for a university that has always dreamed for better?