New York legislator, Felix Ortiz (D-Brooklyn), gained national ridicule after his absurd proposal to ban all salt in New York restaurants. I may mince garlic but I don’t mince words, and in my opinion the proud Puerto Rican-American legislator would appear to be a product of a culture that produces some of the grossest food imaginable.
Face it, there’s a good reason Mexican cuisine is one of the most popular in the United States and why Mexico City, in a recent Forbes survey, was ranked third, only behind Paris and Rome, by international diners. Who goes around saying, “hey, have you heard about that great new Puerto Rican restaurant in LODO”? Besides, though I have blood pressure concerns of my own, based on personal experience, my blood pressure suffers more when I read of nanny-state meddlers like Felix Ortiz than when I add some freshly ground sea salt to my own spicy cooking
I became aware of Puerto Rican food while watching New York’s Puerto Rican Day parade last year, which featured Supreme Court Justice in waiting Sonia Sotomayor. Basically, the alleged cuisine consists of lots of processed meats that undoubtedly not only contain a lot of salt, but nitrates and nitrites too. To her credit, Sotomayor, who frequently brought to-go food home from her favorite ethnic haunts when a federal appeals court judge in the Big Apple, enjoys a wide variety of cuisine.
But then again, maybe I’m wrong about Felix Ortiz’ motives stemming from cuisine-impairment syndrome, as his plethora of nanny-state legislative proposals ranges far beyond matters culinary. Anti-nanny state American hero, Radley Balko, reports in exhaustive detail about Ortiz’s aim to control every aspect of American life. Here’s a summary, from a Forbes piece Radley wrote on this weirdo back in 2005:
In 2004 Ortiz introduced a law that would require every car sold in New York to come equipped with an ignition interlock device. Motorists would need to blow into a tube and pass an alcohol breath test before the car would start, then perform the test again every 20 to 40 minutes.
Just to be clear (to use Obama’s favorite line), this requirement would not be limited to DUI offenders, it would apply to everybody. Felix Ortiz may not have clued in to the distracted driving dangers–one of those “unintended consequences” such a ludicrous piece of legislation would create.
In just the first four months of 2005 Ortiz has introduced laws that would ban all cell phone use while driving (including hands-free); ban pornography from newsstands; force consumers to show two forms of identification when using a credit card; test all public school children for diabetes; ban expiration dates on retail gift certificates; ban alcohol billboard advertisements within a mile of every school and day care center; require nutritional labeling on restaurant menus; measure the fat of every public school student; and impose a “fat tax,” not just on junk food but also on “videogames, commercials and movies.”
Here’s some video from Felix Ortiz’s website, where he shows anorexia, as well as obesity, to be one of his major obsessions.
Balko notes that when he wrote about them back in 2005, these proposals justifiably seemed nutty, but finds it “scary how many of them have now either been enacted or are being given serious consideration by local, state and federal lawmakers.”
More and more reason to vote out and against candidates of both parties who either utter the cry “IT’S FOR THE CHILDREN” or “PUBLIC SAFETY” when we hear these refrains in this election cycle.