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Out-Foxing the San Francisco Nanny State

By on 12.2.11 | 4:31AM

In San Francisco the government nannies believe in choice.  If it has to do with sex.  Basically, you can have sex however, whenever, and with whoever you want.  Fair 'nuff. 

But that's the end of choice.  If you believe in capitalist acts among consenting adults, then you should go elsewhere.

For instance, the city nannies decided that parents had to be protected from the entreaties of their children for McDonald's kids meals.  Terrible to have corporate greed motivating a big company to force bad food down the throats of helpless children with their parents acting as accomplices.  Next McDonald's will start rounding up people at gunpoint and forcing them to eat Big Macs!  Thank goodness the city stepped in to save us all.

So the city banned free toys.  Great idea.  it turns out that McDonald's will keep offering the toys, and might even make more money.  Reports SF Weekly:

And yet it seems McDonald's has turned lemons into lemonade -- and is selling the sugary drink to San Francisco's children. Local McDonald's employees tell SF Weekly the company has devised a solution that appears to comply with San Francisco's "Healthy Meal Incentive Ordinance" that could actually make the company more money -- and necessitate toy-happy youngsters to buy more Happy Meals. 

It turns out San Francisco has not entirely vanquished the Happy Meal as we know it. Come Dec. 1, you can still buy the Happy Meal. But it doesn't come with a toy. For that, you'll have to pay an extra 10 cents.

Huh. That hardly seems to have solved the problem (though adults and children purchasing unhealthy food can at least take solace that the 10 cents is going to Ronald McDonald House charities). But it actually gets worse from here. Thanks to Supervisor Eric Mar's much-ballyhooed new law, parents browbeaten into supplementing their preteens' Happy Meal toy collections are now mandated to buy the Happy Meals.

(H/t Godfather Politics.)

Ya' just gotta' love it on so many levels.  Kids still get their toys.  Parents still get the opportunity to act as parents and say no.  Entrepreneurs defeat stupid politicians.  Stupid politicians look stupid.

With the Nanny State on the march, resistance needs to become the American watchword.  No surrender, even in San Francisco!

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