FDA Food Police

    Quick! Think of one word that best describes the relationship between feds and farmers. I’ll give you a second. Okay. Did you say, “subsidies?” If so, you might be surprised to learn that only five crops (corn, wheat, rice, cotton, soybeans) receive the majority of subsidies while the rest have flourished under a (soon-to-be obsolete) free market system. This unsubsidized half of domestic agriculture will | Read More »

    Obama Wants Your Twitter Handle

    One of the top draws for DC tourists is the White House, where I just learned that they clear you not only by Social Security Number, but also by Tweet. Personally, I enjoy the US Capitol Building tour which does not require a full security clearance or my Twitter handle and is much more fascinating than the White House. For one, White House tours are | Read More »

    Inauguration Word Game

    Which word does President Obama use following this paragraph of his Inaugural Address? Through it all, we have never relinquished our skepticism of central authority, nor have we succumbed to the fiction that all society’s ills can be cured through government alone.  Our celebration of initiative and enterprise, our insistence on hard work and personal responsibility, these are constants in our character. Answer in the | Read More »

    Food Tax Around the Corner

    It has come to my attention by a former Obama official that the Food & Drug Administration is set to release the much anticipated “food safety rule” tomorrow.  If not tomorrow, then soon. Originally set for release in early 2012, this rule has been rumored by sources to run as long as 2,000 pages. The Administration intentionally withheld the rule in anticipation for the 2012 | Read More »

    Obama’s “Freshest” Industry Takeover

    Let’s quickly review U.S. industries now subject to increased federal regulation.  Well, there’s healthcare, the banks, energy (EPA regulating CO2 emissions), the Internet (FCC’s net neutrality proposal), education (student loans), autos, and forgive me, I almost forgot the mortgage industry. The end of the 111th Congress has introduced another major sector takeover whose influence reaches our life (at least several times a day), and that | Read More »