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Drinking Freedom by the Big Gulp

New York City's anti-rights mayor has pushed through his freedom-to-drink ban, forcing people to buy only small-caliber beverages. NYC stores will be thumbing their noses (sticking out their tongues?) at Mayor Bloomberg's nanny-state soft-drink management plan. The smart ones will be selling two or three government-dictated small drinks (at big-gulp-size discounts), with free empty large cups. (This has a fringe benefit of using extra paper products and supporting the timber industries. Freedom always finds a way.)  Getting one full-sized drink in three or four cups will cost slightly more than a normal drink used to cost, but it increases a food store's earnings and stimulates the economy (at a cost to consumers) so it's not all bad. Only mostly bad.

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