The oppressive heel of stifling government regulation

The recent meningitis outbreak, with dozens of deaths and hundreds of serious illnesses has been traced to a facility that was filthy, and was exempt from government regulations and inspections concerning the production of drugs.

First, remember that all the massive regulation ALREADY in place did NOTHING to stop the sale of these supposedly contaminated batches of medications. This is the cost of losing caveat emptor.

If the government regulated used car sales like they do medications, nobody would be able to afford one anymore!

When you have a populace that is educated according to the individual convictions of each one’s parents, and has not had its minds zombified by having a nanny state government that guarantees an omniscient ability to protect it from all corporate evils, then you have a populace that regulates the hell out of the markets.

We have MORE of that today with government regulation. The FDA is a big drug-pusher, if for the ones who have the right cozy relationship with the proper agent-in-charge.

The FDA and the Agriculture Department have done more to destroy the health of the nation’s people than help them.

Stores that sell healthy nutrition and healthy food have been relegated to a dark niche market restricted to the rich and those who appreciate the difference, because those who sell it have been censored by rules that “regulate” medical claims.

Marijuana could help some people in some cases in pain and in other ways but THE REGULATORS “protect us” by telling us it is as bad as heroin.

If health food bakeries tell the truth, they are slapped down with punitive fines. There have been businesses bragging about benefits. If you aren’t a BIG corporation that can pay for a $5 million study, you can’t tell what you know is the truth about a product.

Drugs are advertised all day on your favorite TV programs. Listen to the big long disclaimer list in those ads, and then think about the fact that those omniscient superhuman beings that said they could market and advertise (think your dictators) are the same omniscient superhuman beings that say marijuana is just as dangerous as heroin and cannot be prescribed or taken for any use whatsoever.

Oh and don’t forget HEMP that has no recreational effect at all!

Oh what divine wisdom we entrust to both our elected officials and to the bureaucracy that hires the divine wisdom of characters that prefer to be little regulation dictators.

Oh yeah, we’re so dumb we need to be told what we can eat, buy, sell, drink, drive, or THINK.

If you think that scandal was bad, you should have seen the stories about the VETERANS ADMINISTRATION hospital in South Florida a few years ago, where things were truly and really filthy.

As you know, that’s a government facility.

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One Response to “The oppressive heel of stifling government regulation”

  1. trutherator Says:

    Cars are better regulated by the market than the regulators.

    Here’s a list of “the most dangerous cars of all time”, at least in the opinion of the writer, but it seems a reliable list. These cars are mostly no longer on the market, which shows that the regulators were USELESS at preventing their sales or the deaths that resulted, and that the FREE MARKET killed their production:

    http://www.mass.gov/portal/global-agency-list.html

    The paragraph about the Chevrolet Corvair (1960-1969) is telling:

    Designed as the popularity of compact cars — such as the Volkswagen Beetle — was growing, the Corvair was an affordable, economical option for everyday American drivers. However, sales fell dramatically during the mid-’60s when Ralph Nader wrote Unsafe at Any Speed, which exposed the car’s faulty swing-axle suspension and lack of a front stabilizer bar, a cost-cutting move by Chevy. The book prompted the auto industry, for the most part, to take safety more seriously.

    Read that again. ONE BOOK by Ralph Nader made the auto industry sit up and take better notice about auto safety, because the buyer was now better informed. That fact, and it is a fact, contradicts Ralph Nader’s position that says regulation will work better than an informed consumer.

    The Ford Pinto (1971-1980):

    As a result of the problem, Ford was forced to pay $127 million after a woman was killed and her son badly burned in an accident. The ordeal actually brought forth prosecution for reckless homicide.

    There’s another thing, regulators often respond to news reports as do consumers. But the regulators have the power of the law, and that means the power of the gun, the courts, the police, and so on. Staged films that rigged a test on camera got NBC sued once, and in fact the charge turned out to be false. The above article says the Audi got hit that way but responded to the reports by making the foot pedal configuration safer anyway.

    But if the state dictates something and can’t be sued, who pays?

    Plus another thing. The Smart car is on that list. But it gets better than 40 miles per gallon. The first one I saw on the road was while waiting for a traffic light to change, the lady in the lane next to me had one. I asked her how much mileage she got and she said 60!

    I might prefer to take the risk of driving one, if I think I can compensate for its size by “watching out for the other guy”. Race car drivers and their sponsors calculate their risks for a living; I might want to do so for the savings.

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