Some underreported collateral damage from the police state and drug war.
Why do we consume so much high fructose corn syrup? Why does America suffer from an obesity epidemic? And why are fruits and vegetables so expensive? Professor Dan D’Amico of Loyola University argues that special interests and government policy are at least partly to blame. According to Professor D’Amico, rent seeking and regulations — such as “organic” certification — results in lower costs for less healthy foods and higher costs for nutritional foods.
James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas investigates the $2.2 billion dollar LifeLine Program, aka ‘Obama Phones,’ and finds disturbing evidence of employees condoning the sale of the phones to buy heroin and expensive handbags.
Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and founder and CEO of Carly Fiorina Enterprises, discusses small business, regulation and the overall health of the economy. “There are fewer small businesses starting and more failing right now than at any time in the last 40 year,” she says. The Wall Street Journal reports
From federal agencies independently attaching jail time to otherwise noncriminal behavior to U.S. lawmakers punishing crimes best dealt with by states, the problem of overcriminalization is growing. Molly M. Gill of Families Against Mandatory Minimums argues that the urge to regulate and delegate is a powerful one for federal lawmakers, but there should be clear areas of agreement to reduce the range of activity subject to criminal penalties. H/T Cato Institute
The long-distance busing industry was originally dominated by small scrappy companies competing fiercely to win over customers, only to become a government-protected cartel with declining ridership and all the competitive spirit of Ma Bell. A half-century later, busing returned to its glorious origins, but today it’s in danger becoming a ward of the state once more.
Janet Napolitano rides off into the sunset, President Obama trash-talks prosperity in Africa, and patriots at the local and state levels ponder how to reign in a rogue federal government intent on trampling our liberties. The hits keep coming in this hot, summertime edition of Intellectual Froglegs with Joe Dan Gorman.
Restore the Fourth is a day of protest on July 4th calling for the protection of the US Constitution’s Fourth Amendment. Visit Restore the Fourth’s website at http://www.restorethefourth.net/ to locate a protest near you. The movement started on Reddit and spread via 4Chan and Mozilla. Restore the Fourth will show that Americans won’t tolerate unaccountable government agencies violating their privacy. NSA, are you listening in?
Prof. Art Carden has developed some silly walks and is seeking payment for his work. Since he cannot find anyone to pay him voluntarily, perhaps he should apply for a government subsidy for producing silly walks. But while silly walks may benefit society, the fact that people will not pay for their development voluntarily indicates that people do not value silly walks as much as other things people would pay Prof. Carden to do. Are some subsidies valid, though? What about for food? Or for education? How about subsidies for clean energy? Is government assistance definitely better for society?
Krister Evertson, a scientist who researched alternative fuels, was driving near his mother’s home when his car was run off the road by a SWAT team with automatic weapons. They arrested him because, in a transaction related to his alternative fuel cell experiments, he forgot to place a federally mandated safety sticker on the box when it was shipped. Although the sodium was properly secured, Evertson spent two years in prison — a shocking miscarriage of justice. H/T Heritage Foundation