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Does America need a new U.S. Dept. of Soda Control & Enforcement?

February 14, 2013

SodaAmerica’s progression from the “land of liberty” to an outright “nanny state” continues.

The latest nail in freedom’s coffin comes from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which is pressuring the Food and Drug Administration to identify “a safe level for added sugars for beverages”.

That part is fine, as far as it goes.  But the group continues: “The FDA should require the beverage industry to re-engineer their sugary products over several years, making them safer for people to consume, and less conducive to disease.”

Well, there you have it.  This would mean a Big Gulp of new federal regulations, compliance officers, taxes and penalties, followed by a new black market to satisfy sweet soda lovers, followed by more government hiring to catch some of the criminal soda sellers and buyers.  It’s the government way.

CSPI apparently thinks Americans are too stupid to make their own decisions about what beverages to drink.  Maybe some of us are that stupid, but Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection will eventually take care of them.

Do the rest of us really want our tax money spent on new government regulations that

  • Will limit our freedom?
  • Will cost a lot of money at a time when the government already is spending more than it takes in?
  • Won’t work anyway, due to the law of unintended consequences?

It’s a shame, because CSPI sounds like a worthwhile organization.  It is supported by private consumers and foundations and accepts no corporate funds or government grants.

So why doesn’t CSPI make its own determination about how much sugar should be in sodas, and then launch a campaign to educate Americas about the health hazards of too much sugar in sodas?  As they change the habits of consumers, there will be more pressure on the beverage manufacturers to find healthier alternatives, too.

But why ask our dysfunctional federal government to get involved?  It already tries to do so much that it does almost everything poorly.  The last thing we need is more laws and government bureaucracies to regulate soda drinkers.

4 Comments
  1. Mike Ruddell permalink

    I guess this is another example of Obama’s measures for job creation in government. Once you create one bureaucrat, they begin to multiply like roaches.

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    • I appreciate your comments, Mike, but this one can’t fairly be blamed on Obama. My point is that “we the people” too often ask the federal government to get involved in issues that shouldn’t be federal, and that the feds usually make worse. Politicians have no restraint, so citizens need to use more common sense and avoid asking for federal “solutions”.

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  2. Bob Rogers permalink

    Your fears about moving toward a nanny state might also be reflected, literally, in the President’s proposal to institute preschool programs for all four-year-old tots. Interestingly, Walter Mondale — an influential pol back in the day — orchestrated passage of legislation to do much the same in 1971. President Nixon promptly vetoed the bill, claiming Congress was proposing “communal approaches to child rearing.” The Trickster’s reasoning carried the day and nary a peep has been heard on the topic for 42 years. In the world of bad ideas, I guess, what goes around comes around.

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  3. Your fears about moving toward a nanny state might also be reflected, literally, in the President’s proposal to institute preschool programs for all four-year-old tots. Interestingly, Walter Mondale — an influential pol back in the day — orchestrated passage of legislation to do much the same in 1971. President Nixon promptly vetoed the bill, claiming Congress was proposing “communal approaches to child rearing.” The Trickster’s reasoning carried the day and nary a peep has been heard on the topic for 42 years. In the world of bad ideas, I guess, what goes around comes around.

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