Wednesday, December 1, 2010

"Government Is Watching"

ABC's Good Morning America happily chirped that "government is watching" today in regard to the cancellation of an expensive program that the United States Department of Transportation was launching to change signs with street names from all capital letters to first letter capitalized and the rest in small letters. The Federal scheme had also involved changing the height of letters from four to six inches but the ABC report did not mention that. Many wholeheartedly agree that "government is watching" and increasing its intrusiveness every day and those with any sense are none too happy about that. Even the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is about to be given broad new sweeping powers with the coming passage of the Food Safety Act which will inevitably raise food costs as producers compliance costs rise and will put smaller producers who can neither absorb nor pass on the increased cost out of business. You need not be paranoid to be concerned with government overreach in everything from expanding FDA powers to the coming "net neutrality regulations". I am in no way sanguine about government's helpful hand in our health care either. "We are from the government and are here to help" may become the most feared words to hear as bureaucrats come to complicate our lives.

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