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  • FDA to Smokers: Drop Dead

    August 3, 2009
    The FDA is now moving towards banning a smoking alternative that could save many lives. Every year, millions of smokers like my wife try and fail to quit, because they are nicotine addicts. Many later die of smoking-related illnesses, which are caused by the smoke, not the nicotine. The obvious solution is to give smokers access to less hazardous products that provide the nicotine they crave without the deadly smoke, like chewing tobacco, or, better yet, electronic cigarettes or snus. (Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, deliver nicotine in a vapor instead of much more harmful tobacco smoke). The FDA is now...
  • The Obama's Administration's Strange Double Standards on Hate Crimes, Terrorism, and Health Care: Soft on the Guilty, Cruel to the Innocent, Unfair to Taxpayers

    July 30, 2009
    When black panthers were caught on videotape menacing white voters in Philadelphia, using nightsticks and racial epithets to drive them away from the polls, Obama political appointees, including Assistant Attorney General Tom Perelli, intervened to dismiss the lawsuit that had been won against them by career Justice Department lawyers -- dismissing the case after it had already been won! The Obama political appointees insisted that the Justice Department should throw out its victory by not permitting a default judgment against two of the defendants even after the court clerk had already entered a...
  • Food Safety Bills Moving Through Congress

    July 30, 2009
    With all out attention diverted to the government's attempted takeover of the half of US health care that isn't already nationalized, the attempted destruction of our economy by crippling fossil fuel use, and the highly unstimulating stimulus plan, you could be forgiven for not noticing that Congress is also trying to re-formulate America's food safety regulations. The leading proposal is Rep. John Dingell's (D-Mich.) H.R. 2749, the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009. It's got plenty of support from both sides of the political aisle, and it likely will be passed into law before Thanksgiving, the most important food day of the years for Americans.
  • Where's the Reality in Legislation?

    July 29, 2009
    In "Why Obamacare Is Sinking," Charles Krauthammer argues that President Obama's reliance on rhetoric is finally beginning to fail because "you can't fake it in legislation." Only if the true impacts were made clear would legislation somehow force reality.  That day vanished long ago when the courts authorized Congress to delegate open-ended regulatory powers to some executive branch agency.  Today, regulatory laws are long on rhetoric (living wage, anti-discrimination, clean air bills) and vague.  The realities of the complex and costly tradeoffs are realized only after the bill becomes law.  As America has come to rely more on regulation, the visibility of honest law-making has faded.  "Honest" intervention may have been wrong and/or stupid but it did pass the...
  • VIDEO: Healthcare Reform Ideas from the Other Washington

    July 29, 2009
    John Barnes at the Washington Policy Center (motto: "Improving Lives Through Market Solutions") passes on a 3-video series about the fight over healthcare "reform" we're all part of:
    As our government considers a serious overhaul of our health care system and even a public insurance plan, it is essential that the public understands how more government involvement will impact accessibility, affordability, and quality. Under the direction of Dr. Roger Stark, a retired surgeon with over thirty years of medical experience, Washington Policy Center has launched its 2009 Federal Health Care Reform Project. As part of this project, WPC created these three short, informative health care videos detailing the current state of health care in the U.S., Congress' proposed reforms, and practical solutions to the...
  • Obama Backs Imperial Presidency

    July 29, 2009
    Obama is backing an imperial presidency in Honduras. When Honduras removed its ex-president and would-be dictator, Obama demanded his reinstatement, even though he was removed on orders of the Honduras Supreme Court and replaced by Honduras's elected Congress, with the backing of much of Honduran society. Obama argued that elected presidents have a...
  • Food Police Attack Denny's Over Salt

    July 29, 2009
    It seems that the food police at the unconscionably named Center for Science in the Public Interest are at it again. Last week, CSPI filed a class action lawsuit against the restaurant chain Denny's, claiming that, because most Denny's menu items contain a "high" level of sodium, the chain is engaging in consumer fraud and breaching the implied warranty of merchantability.
  • Obama Health-Care Plan Will Harm People With Insurance, and Raise Taxes, Obama Adviser Says

    July 28, 2009
    Obama's health-care plan is drawing criticism from one of his own advisers, Harvard University's Martin Feldstein. In today's Washington Post, Feldstein warns that "For the 85 percent of Americans who already have health insurance, the Obama health plan is bad news. It means higher taxes, less health care and no protection if they lose their current insurance because of unemployment or early retirement." Obama's plan would "cost more than $1 trillion," and raise the top federal "income-tax rate from 35 percent today to more than 45 percent," he notes. As CNN earlier...
  • Put it in quotes: health care "reform"

    July 27, 2009
    Robert J. Samuelson has a hard-hitting column in today's Washington Post on the non-reform elements of the health care reform package.  He points out the inherent contradictions in the Administration's claims that health care can both be expanded to cover the uninsured and reduce costs.  As the Congressional Budget Office noted in its devastating assessment, the proposals don't represent fundamental changes and won't reduce future health spending. Samuelson says that in the president's advocacy for the Democrats' health care proposal, Obama has demonstrated "the ability to make misleading statements sound reasonable or sophisticated.  Still, they're misleading." Samuelson is no supporter of the current health...
  • Dems' Health Care Bill Looking Weaker by the Day

    July 27, 2009
    For the Democrats still supporting the health care overhaul, the blows just keep coming. As if the financial problems I described in a previous post were not enough to deter this fiscal suicide, the Congressional Budget Office has now said that a plan to offset the massive costs by putting an outside panel in charge of budget-cutting for other government health care programs will amount to savings of only about $2 billion over 10 years -- practically negligible in comparison to the final price tag, which is already expected to exceed $1 trillion.  For those who still consider this legislation financially feasible, that is a discount of 0.2%.  Oh boy, I can't wait to cut out the coupon! When the...

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