“If the role of government isn’t to protect the health and well-being of its citizens I don’t know what it is.”–Michael  Bloomberg defending his decision to ban sugared soft drinks sold in cups that are more than 16 oz.

He doesn’t know what it is? I think that even a quick glance at the Declaration of Independence on the part of the mayor could fill in this gap in his his knowledge.

…all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed