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Opening Arguments

We like our rules, by golly!

God, they never stop. Not only do they keep ratcheting up the control . . .

The Food and Drug Administration is planning an unprecedented effort to gradually reduce the salt consumed each day by Americans, saying that less sodium in everything from soup to nuts would prevent thousands of deaths from hypertension and heart disease. The initiative, to be launched this year, would eventually lead to the first legal limits on the amount of salt allowed in food products.

. . . but now they actually want us to cheer them on:

President Obama's Environmental Protection Agency is encouraging the public to create video advertisements that explain why federal regulations are "important to everyone."

The contest, which ends May 17, will award $2,500 to the makers of the video that best explains why federal regulations are good and how ordinary citizens can become more involved in making regulations. The videos must be posted on YouTube and can be no more than 60-90 seconds in length.

The videos must include the slogan "Let you voice be heard" and must direct viewers to the government's regulatory webise, www.regulations.gov . Now, there's a depressing site, home for the "nearly 8,000 regulations per year" issued by federal agencies and departments.

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tim zank
Tue, 04/20/2010 - 11:19am

It really is "Bizarro" world now.

"We know you like being told what to do, so help us narrow down the many ways we seek to control you."

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 3:48pm

Couldn't agree more! Next thing you know, those nannies will want to take lead out of children's toys and deprive pregnant women the benefits of Thalidomide.
Those socialist nazi communists, born in Kenya, have no idea what is good for us.
I salute you, sir, for fighting the good fight against government regulations. And who put these damn seat belts in my car? Somebody get me another drink. I need to drive the kids to McDonald's for some health food.

Bob G.
Tue, 04/20/2010 - 3:54pm

Re: "Bizarro World":
What have I been TELLING you all this time...?


tim zank
Tue, 04/20/2010 - 4:54pm

Littlejohn, I realize you post just for the sake of picking a fight, which is fine, but even you would have to agree (one would think) that our federal, state, county, city, & township governments need not be concerned (read regulate) with some things, like how much salt I put on my food.

This is getting comical and we just keep letting them do it. Is anybody awake out there?

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 5:07pm

Tim, are you such an idiot that you think this regulation would prohibit you from adding salt to your food?
Read the proposal, then write something sensible, instead of just trying to pick a fight.

tim zank
Tue, 04/20/2010 - 5:52pm

Semantics. It will prohibit my favorite food "makers" from adding salt anymore to the foods I buy (because I like the way they taste) . That's regulating where it isn't necessary.

Who the hell wants a box of "low sodium" Cheez ts with the flavor of a tongue depressor?

You obviously like being told when to sh*t and where, and need someone to make your decisions for you, like what foods to eat, etc..

I don't.

Andrew J.
Tue, 04/20/2010 - 6:44pm

But Tim, if you say "but even you would have to agree (one would think) that our federal, state, county, city, & township governments need not be concerned (read regulate) with some things, like how much salt I put on my food." wouldn't that apply to the earlier argument over the federal government creating a National Day of Prayer? Seems you want government not regulating those activities you deem objectionable, but those you don't, then hey, what's wrong with a little meddling in religion by big brother.
I agree with you: government's OK for somethings, but not the others. It's the something and the others we see differently on.

Andrew J.
Tue, 04/20/2010 - 6:47pm

You know what government is involved in too much salt intake? Because we can't police ourselves; and because we can't, people eat too much salt with contributes to high blood pressure, among other ailments, which causes more sick people (see the connection with smokers?) which causes my insurance premiums to go up because others can't police themselves.

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 8:08pm

You wrote "how much salt I put on my food."
I called you on it.
When I make a mistake, as we all do, I don't get defensive or split hairs. I simply admit I was wrong.
Are you incapable of that?
As for why I post here, it's because the News-Sentinel, on its editorial page, invites everyone to post here.
I doesn't say everyone except college graduates. I doesn't say everyone except Merit Scholar semifinalists. It does doesn't say only right-wingers.
If you don't like my posting here, ask Leo to change his invitation. If he doesn't want someone who completed high school, he can uninvite me. I will respect that.

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 11:07pm

With apologies to Mark Steyn:

Banning food ingredients such as Salt is now a recurring theme in American life. A while back, it was the FDA telling freedom and food-loving citizens not to feed children foods containing sugar, for surely their teeth would rot. As Martin Niem

Leo Morris
Wed, 04/21/2010 - 7:23am

"Because we can't police ourselves ..." If that's your standard, there's almost nothing you won't accept the government doing to/for you.

tim zank
Wed, 04/21/2010 - 9:34am

I realize there is a great number of sheeple out there that don't "police" themselves. You know why? Because the Government already does it for them. The United States Government has created an entire segment of society dependent on having their collective arses wiped.

And comparing the government mandating what, when and how much I eat with the government "acknowledging' a day out of the year for EVERYONE who WANTS to say a prayer is asinine.

Sat, 04/24/2010 - 11:44pm

Sorry to have missed out on so much of this amusing argument, but I'm one of those folks with McAfee antivirus, and my computer has been useless for several days.
I simply uninstalled the damn thing, and things are looking better.
I apologize for my nasty remarks to Tim. I was in a serious funk having to reboot my computer every 10 minutes and I took it out on you.
I beg your forgiveness. I am not normally one to call names or to claim any special expertise of my own.
I was wrong, and I hereby declare it.
I trust you can understand my frustration with the machine.
My apologies, my friend.