It becomes a difficult task for those in power to resist the lure of acquiring even more power. The more they have, the more they want.
No such example exists greater than that of New York City mayor-king Michael Bloomberg.
This is the man who brought into existence the absurd and absurdly named National Salt Reduction Initiative, an incentive-based program designed to reduce the amount of salt in restaurant and prepackaged food. This is the man who, last year, banned the sale of sugary drinks, like sodas, in more than 16-oz containers. Why? Because what’s good for Bloomberg is what’s good for us. (Don’t worry, though, he told us; if you want more than 16 ounces, you can buy two 16-oz drinks no problem.)
Bloomberg’s next victim? Styrofoam. Why? Because it’s “hard to recycle.”
And how! Sometimes when I try to throw a Styrofoam container into the recycling bin, its light weight allows it to be softly guided off course by the air around it, and it will hit the edge of the container and bounce off of it and onto the ground. Then I have to bend over to pick it up and gently place the container in the bin. It becomes a real hassle.
It’s all part of Bloomberg’s effort to create a “greener” New York, an environmental utopia to be envied by eco-freaks the world over.
Other parts of that effort, according to The Associated Press, include proposals to have NYC “install curbside electric vehicle chargers that would let drivers recharge in 30 minutes” and to “change the city’s building code so that up to 20 percent of new public parking spaces are wired for electric cars, with the goal of creating 10,000 spaces for electric cars over the next seven years.”
This is where the law of unintended consequences comes into play. When liberals are put in charge of solving problems, they create more problems. The plan is that 20 percent of new parking spaces must have outlets for electric-car to pull into and charge up for half an hour, right? This means there will be people charging their cars because they’re almost out of juice, using up parking spaces that would otherwise go to someone who had a legitimate reason to stop. It creates another excuse to use up a parking space, thus reducing the number of parking spaces available to average New Yorkers, thus increasing the traffic, thus increasing the pollution, thus negating whatever environmental benefits his program seeks to create.
Power does not equal wisdom. Case in point: Mayor Michael Bloomberg.