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The Nanny of New York Strikes Again

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RUSH: First he came for your trans fats.  Then he came for your salt.  Then he came for your Big Gulps.  And before all that, he came for your cigars and cigarettes.  And now he's coming after your breasts.  We're talking about the nanny of New York City, Michael Doomberg, the mayor, who is pushing hospitals -- I'm not making this up -- the mayor of New York City is pushing, he's nudging, he's attempting to influence with governmental power, "hospitals to hide their baby formula behind locked doors so more new mothers will breast-feed. Starting Sept. 3, the city will keep tabs," which means they're going to keep records, which means they're going to keep and take control "on the number of bottles that participating hospitals stock and use."

The New York Post called this "the most restrictive pro-breast-milk program in the nation. Under the city Health Department’s voluntary Latch On NYC --"  Latch on?  What does that mean in terms of breast-feeding?  Latch on?  That's what the baby does, that's why they're calling it "latch on"?  "Not just babies."  That's why I was getting confused in here.  Thank you, Mr. Snerdley. 

"Under the city Health Department’s voluntary Latch On NYC initiative, 27 of the city’s 40 hospitals have also agreed to give up swag bags sporting formula-company logos, toss out formula-branded tchotchkes like lanyards and mugs, and document a medical reason for every bottle that a newborn receives.  While breast-feeding activists applaud the move --"  Are you kidding me?  Breast-feeding activists?  "While breast-feeding activists applaud the move, bottle-feeding moms are bristling at the latest lactation lecture. 'If they put pressure on me, I would get annoyed,' said Lynn Sidnam, a Staten Island mother of two formula-fed girls, ages 4 months and 9 years. 'It’s for me to choose.'"  Silly woman.  It's New York City.  It's not for you to choose.  This is for the nanny of the mayor to choose for you. 

"Under Latch On NYC, new mothers who want formula won’t be denied it, but hospitals will keep infant formula in out-of-the-way secure storerooms or in locked boxes like those used to dispense and track medications.  With each bottle a mother requests and receives, she’ll also get a talking-to. Staffers will explain why she should offer the breast instead. 'It’s the patient’s choice,' said Allison Walsh, of Beth Israel Medical Center. 'But it’s our job to educate them on the best option.'"  What is this?  Is this more of the so-called Republican War on Women?  The mayor of New York is demanding that hospitals use the power of their influence to convince mothers not to use the bottle?  In the United States of America, this is something the mayor of New York thinks is a problem?  I don't know.  This guy, and I've never met Doomberg.  I've been two holes behind him on the golf course, but I've never met this guy.

But, folks, we're talking fetish here. If it has to do with the mouth, this guy is on it.  Cigarettes, trans fats, salt, Big Gulps, and now baby formula?  This is something the mayor of New York ought to be thinking about?  And we have to listen to drivel that there's a Republican War on Women?  Every time I see one of these stories, I ask myself, and it's a rhetorical question because it's never gonna happen, I ask myself, "When are the people who are subjected to this kind of statist control, when are they gonna reject it?  When are they gonna stand up and say, 'To hell with you,' and stop this?"  Can you imagine if I tried something like this?  If I used the power of this microphone, this radio show, to try to force women with the power of my influence to only breast-feed, can you imagine what would be said of me?  Ha-ha. 

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RUSH:  I'm starting, folks, to not recognize more and more people in this country.  This breast-feeding thing, whose business is it?  There are breast-feeding activists out there, and they're Nazi-like.  It's like the militant vegetarians.  What business is it of anybody else's what you eat, what I eat, or whether or not you breast-feed your child?  Why is it their business?  Doomberg and the left know that people grouse about this and whine about it for a couple days and talk about how the government's overstepping, and then it'll just be forgotten and accepted and considered normal, and then we'll move on to the next thing.  What's Doomberg gonna do?  Is he gonna put a maximum size that a woman's breast can be so as to make sure that the young kid isn't suckling more than 16 ounces of milk?  Is there a problem here? 

When did this become a controversy?  When did breast-feeding or not breast-feeding become a major health problem or controversy?  It's like toenail fungus.  Remember when that started with all the TV ads on toenail fungus?  A bunch of people didn't know they had it, had it, nothing they could do about it anyway, and nobody died from it, that I heard.  Then we had the toe lickers and then we had the frog lickers.  Women in New York, they'll complain about it and after awhile it will just be accepted.  This is the kind of thing 20 years ago we would have made this up as a joke, to try to tell people where the country was headed.  We would have made this up, "Yeah, and, you know what? The liberals someday are gonna tell you that you have to breast-feed, you can't bottle feed, they're gonna put a mandatory maximum size on the female breast so that the young baby doesn't suckle more milk than he should, certainly no more than 16 ounces, a lot of sugar in there."  We'd-a been joking.  And, sadly, every one of these things we've joked about, be it global warming or the environmentalists, it's all happened, SUVs, it's all happened.

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