1. The FDA's 'War on Salt' is Bad Policy Based on Bad Science - via Reason
The Center for Science in the Public Interest, one of the few openly
authoritarian organizations functioning in the United States, once sued
the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for refusing to regulate
Americans' salt intake. No worries. This week, the Obama administration
finally embraced CSPI's junk science and allowed the FDA to set new
"guidelines" to "nudge" companies into treating a perfectly harmless
ingredient as if it were a dangerous chemical.
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell explained
that pressuring private companies into lowering sodium levels is "about
putting power back in the hands of consumers." Of course, consumers
already have an array of bland, low-sodium choices, if they desire. But
in progressive-speak, limiting choices is tantamount to attaining power.
According to our government, consumers having too many choices means
"the deck has been stacked against them."
The good news is that the FDA is almost always wrong about
everything. The bad news is that these guidelines set an incredibly
ridiculous precedent that allows our intrusive government to mislead
Americans with bad advice. Read more here...
2. FreedomWorks' Neil Siefring Discusses Earmark for Footwear on OANN
3. Showdown Over ObamaCare Subpoenas Quickly Escalating - via The Hill
House Republicans and the Obama administration are clashing over subpoenas for ObamaCare documents.
are upping the pressure on the administration, saying officials are
withholding documents that Congress has every right to see.
The administration argues that it is justified in withholding some
documents, as predecessors have done, because of the executive branch's
interest in protecting the confidentiality of internal deliberations. It
says it has cooperated with Republicans by making officials available
for interviews and by providing some documents. Read more here...
4. IRS Finally Reveals List of Tea Party Groups it Targeted - via The Washington Times
More than three years after it admitted to targeting tea party groups
for intrusive scrutiny, the IRS has finally released a near-complete
list of the organizations it snagged in a political dragnet.
tax agency filed the list last month as part of a court case after a
series of federal judges, fed up with what they said was the agency’s
stonewalling, ordered it to get a move on. The case is a class-action
lawsuit, so the list of names is critical to knowing the scope of those
who would have a claim against the IRS.
even as it answers some questions, the list raises others, including
exactly when the targeting stopped, and how broadly the tax agency drew
its net when it went after nonprofits for unusual scrutiny. Read more here...
5. CFPB Announces New Proposed Rule to Make Poor People's Lives Harder - by Kenny Stein
Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a
proposed rule that would allow them to eliminate banking options for
poor Americans. Did you miss that headline? Perhaps that’s because the
Obama administration and its allies in the press described these new
regulations as “cracking down on payday lenders.”
But this spin ignores a crucial detail: many poor Americans do not
have and cannot afford traditional banking options such as checking and
savings accounts because fees make these products prohibitively
expensive for people with low incomes. Payday lenders often provide
crucial basic banking services for these poor Americans. For people
struggling to make ends meet, a short term loan may be the difference in
being able to buy groceries or making a rent payment on time. They
should have the freedom to contract and obtain the loans they believe
they need, not be subject to the whims of regulators in Washington DC. Read more here...
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