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There seems to be little – with the exception of wasteful entitlement programs – that lawmakers in the leftist bastion of California don’t want to regulate. Warning labels abound on countless products that, if used responsibly, pose no known risk to consumers.

This excessive intrusion not only damages a manufacturer’s reputation by spreading the idea that its creations are dangerous; it also increases the bureaucratic hold the Golden State already has on its citizens and corporations.

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At least one state senator feels there are still plenty of products sold in the state that should have warning labels prominently displayed on them, however. Bill Monning, who sponsored a failed state tax on drinks containing sugar last year, is now proposing a bill that would mandate such beverages to include the potential health risks caused by overindulgence.

Of course, the excessive consumption of any food or drink can have negative effects on the human body. The addition of a warning label to one such product creates precedence for similar advisories plastered on grocery shelves across the state – and beyond.

The California chapter of the American Beverage Association is understandably upset with Monning’s proposal, explaining that sugary drinks do not cause the excessive obesity and related problems for which they have been blamed.

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“Only 4.0 percent of calories in the average American diet are derived directly from soda,” CalBev said in a statement.

This represents just the latest attack on sugary drinks which, for decades, were enjoyed by Americans with no observable adverse reactions. Now, it has become almost expected that individuals blame their poor choices on anyone or anything but themselves. In adherence to this detrimental paradigm shift, legislators are now attempting to limit access to certain products or force manufacturers to sully their brands with superfluous labels.

The fact that more Americans than ever are obese has nothing to do with the existence of sodas, which have been around since long before the so-called epidemic. Nonetheless, radical leftists have been demonizing such products relentlessly in recent years, culminating in the current push to treat sugary drinks as a form of poison.

–B. Christopher Agee

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