In the June 18th issue of the New Yorker, there's a Talk of the Town piece about Mayor Bloomberg's war on Big Gulp sodas (Vice Dept.: Fluid Ounces) by Lizzie Widdicombe. At the end of it, she wisely interviews Fran Lebowitz, who is spot-on.
Lebowitz says: "These are class issues... Soda is the recreation- the summer house- of the poor. It's an indulgence, and something they can indulge in. [The Mayor] has eleven houses. That's the self-indulgence of a billionaire. He's one of a generation of Jewish men who feel if they didn't become a doctor they are a failure. Now he's trying to become a doctor."