Jay Evensen: Bloomberg’s 16-ounce soda defeat a lesson in governance

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  • caleb in new york Glen Cove, NY
    Aug. 2, 2013 8:24 a.m.

    But I'm glad The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is neither a republic nor a democracy. The Book of Mormon teaches that the most efficient form of government is a monarchy, although the monarchy is dangerous because of the danger of evil or weak men obtaining the power.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Aug. 1, 2013 11:34 p.m.

    Technically George he is elected by the electoral college hence why four Presidents, the last one being George W. Bush won election by the electoral vote rather than the popular vote. Of course in every sense the President represents our country to be technically correct he is elected as part of the Executive Branch. He can recommend legislation and veto legislation but he can't make or pass laws by himself.

  • George New York, NY
    Aug. 1, 2013 10:31 p.m.


    If the president is not a "represtitive of the people" then how exactly does he get into office?

  • Badgerbadger Murray, UT
    Aug. 1, 2013 8:31 p.m.


    Go read the Constitution. The president is not a 'representative' even though he is elected. He may not make laws. He is charged with enforcing the laws and upholding the constitution, but not law making. That is left to the congress.

    It's called checks and balances. Otherwise all we would need a is king.

    King Obama?? No thanks!

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Aug. 1, 2013 3:13 p.m.


    funny I thought the "chief executive" was e;elected and therefore a "representative" of the "people" as well. I am curious to know, however, if you have ever complained about activist judges in the past since you advocate the courts standing Obama, The "peoples representative" up and teaching him a lesson?

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Aug. 1, 2013 10:00 a.m.

    Rather than get condescending and taking cheap shots at the bureaucrats we all need but love to hate, we should stop and think. First, that a 32 ounce 'tub-o-pop' exists and we consume it suggests that maybe someone could exist who is smarter than the unwashed masses. Reality tv also proves this. And we often forget, or simply ignore, the fact that the motivation of chief executives or boards is not 'I know better than you', but rather 'If I don't do due diligence and at least try to protect you from your own stupidity, you're going to come after me with a slimy lawyer when you end up overweight and diabetic'. It's a case of those who refuse to be protected from themselves going after those who failed to protect them. From themselves.

  • Badgerbadger Murray, UT
    Aug. 1, 2013 9:13 a.m.

    "In a representative government, the people’s representatives make the laws, not some unelected bureaucratic board, and not a chief executive who fancies himself smarter than the unwashed masses."

    Wait, that sounds like another chief executive. Now if the courts would just stand up Obama and teach him the same lesson...