Tuesday, January 25, 2011

John Stossel: Blackout in a Can

FDA nannies are at it again, restricting the options of American consumers. This time, alcoholic energy drinks are the victims. John Stossel discusses the matter with Nick Gillespie (Reason Magazine) and Rhonda Kallman (Moonshot).


  1. Cannot fix college stupid - binge drinking is the tool for party stupid.

    How about making college worth the money and removing the extra useless crap.

  2. I don't know what to say anymore.

    It's plain dumb what entrepreneurs have to go through sometimes. Like I said, I can't operate my business UNTIL the government gives the ok - even though I'm 100% private.

    The cost to that to an economy alone is MASSIVE because there are many like me on the same boat.

  3. TC, you're working with children... I kind of understand the desire to check on people doing that. Maybe if they were as rigorous with churches and priests... well, I'm sure you can imagine.

    Also, from what I understand, the organizations fronting this fight are traditional alcohol manufacturers and makers of energy drinks, who are upset that people can just buy a pre-mixed drink, instead of having to buy their products. This might not be an issue if politicians weren't paid off by the wealthy... but that would violate the free speech of rich people, apparently.

  4. Bret, if you have been following my 'Daycare Updates' I have very little issues with it. I agree some regulations are helpful.

    It's the excessive stuff that have little to do with the welfare of the children that cost me - and the society - money. I'm up to roughly $25 000 of overcosts I could have avoided.

    As for society, the government already acknowledges it can't afford the costs.

    The realities of the market are always bound to conflict with state interests.

    Despite this, the one good thing Quebec has done as the first jurisdiction on the continent to do so, is force society to take daycare workers seriously and to attempt to professionalize them.

    There's nothing more important than making sure the people taking care of our children are competent and compassionate.

  5. Well hopefully you know by now I don't believe in regulation for regulation's sake, I prefer simplicity to complixity, and I think a large part of the problem is big business fighting to put roadblocks, red tape, and endless hoops to jump through in order to quash competition. But that's a function of allowing wealth to be concentrated in the hands of a few and not erecting a sturdy financial barrier between business and government.

    I do feel bad for a lot of the bullshit you have put up with. You know I read your blog, and there has certainly been times when you had to do something frivolous (or you had to do something simple that was over-complicated by the slowness or incompetance of others).

  6. The last paragraph: Quoted for truth.

    But hey.



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