Posts Tagged ‘nanny state’

Portugal Socialist Party to limit salt

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

In the US, the Republican and Democratic parties do the work of the socialist political parties in banning otherwise legal activities.

Reuters:

LISBON (Reuters) – Alarmed by high death rates from strokes in Portugal, deputies from the ruling Socialist party submitted a bill to parliament Friday to slash the use of salt in bread, blamed for many blood pressure problems.

The country’s key dietary staple — dried salted cod that is rehydrated and cooked in many different ways — has made the Portuguese accustomed to using more salt in food than other nations, and bakers add generous amounts to their dough.

Bread is one of the main sources of salt intake and many Portuguese eat it with every meal.

“Portugal currently has one of the highest mortality rates from strokes in Europe, which is about double that observed in Spain and three times that in France,” the draft bill reads.

Bottled Water and the Overflowing Nanny State

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

From the Competitive Enterprise Institute:  “Bottled Water and the Overflowing Nanny State: How Misinformation Erodes Consumer Freedom”

After years of promoting bottled water as an environmentally friendly, healthy alternative to tap water, environmental activists have turned against this product they once favored. Such an about-face alone should make everyone wary of the claims now being lobbed at bottled water. Like past contrived environmental panics, this one is just that—a contrived panic over nothing of substance. Plastic bottles used to transport various types of water are not going to make us sick, they are not a significant contributor to global warming, and they are highly energy efficient.

Wayne Godsey: enough with more seat belt laws

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

KMBC’s Wayne Godsey:

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri’s director of transportation wants state lawmakers to enhance the seatbelt law. A Primary Seatbelt law would allow police to stop motorists for not wearing a seat belt. Current law allows citations only after motorists have been pulled over for other violations.

It’s too bad that this proposal is about money and not highway safety. Passage of the law would make the state eligible for $16 million in federal highway funds.

While more federal money might seem like a gift, it is instead, more federal blackmail. Just as with speed limits, if Missouri doesn’t conform with what federal officials want, it loses money.

Missouri’s current seatbelt law has worked. Last year, highway deaths in the state were the lowest in 25 years. instead of passing a new law that places another burden on law enforcement, state officials should insist that our representatives in Washington, D.C., demand an end to federal blackmail.