Nanny State

Bossiness: It's What's For Dinner!


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Over at Fox News, Reason's own Baylen Linnekin lifts the lid on what politicians are stewing up in 2014, and he says it's a nasty goulash of presumptuous dictates and nannyish for-you-own-goodism. "Regardless of your choices," he writes, "your food freedom—your right to grow, raise, produce, buy, sell, share, cook, eat, and drink the foods you want—is under attack."

Linnekin lists ten threats to your (and my) food freedom he sees looming this year. The bulk of them are continuations from the past, both annoying (like ongoing efforts to dictate the size of our sodas) and expensive (agricultural subsidies! The policy that almost everybody agrees is asinine and destructive, but just won't clutch at its chest and die already.)

One new nugget involves the restaurant food labeling requirements built into…(wait for it)…Obamacare! As if that law didn't intrude far enough into our lives already, it also puts the FDA in the position of deciding just what businesses qualify as "similar retail food establishments" and so will have to assume the costs and hassles of calculating calorie counts and posting them for the public.

Peruse Linnekin's full count of busybody suckage here.