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Busybodies in Federal Government

I was reading the article Food giants fight proposed nutrition guidelines on SF Gate which isn't so much about nutritional guidelines, but about what companies are allowed to market to children.

I could write a complete article on why the government shouldn't dictate to parents what they feed their children or how these actions by the government might breach First Amendment rights, or even how this would increase the cost of putting food on the table for your family, but these aren't the most enlightening part.

What really intrigued me was the statement "An effort by four federal agencies to limit marketing...". Those agencies being the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Agriculture and the Federal Trade Commission.

It became obvious to me that if this many departments and their innumerable staff found it necessary to get together and collaborate on developing "guidelines" that they simply had too much free time on their hands. How many hours, meetings, conferences, junkets, luncheons, and other resources did the government spend on something they weren't asked to do? And if they were asked, who asked them? Did parents ask them to take care of this "problem"? If the Administration directed them to do this it isn't mentioned.

Now it looks like we're having Congressional hearings and possibly ending up in the courts with millions of dollars being spent by all sides.

While I've obviously have a stand against "big government" I'm even further appalled by the bureaucratic waste of having agencies with staff which too much time on their hands creating busy work for themselves and meddling around inventing issues to bide their time until their pensions kick in.

Do I sound irritated? I am!



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