Let me read to you an ominous statement by one of the candidates for president of the United States.
"Parents today are being forced to contend with a new threat -- big food companies targeting junk food at children." So sayeth get-tough presidential candidate Joe Lieberman. He adds, "We cannot raise strong and healthy children if the best efforts of good parents all across America are being consistently undercut by corporations looking to profit by spreading bad behavior."
Lieberman says President Bush has "dropped the ball" on this issue.
Are we really supposed to worry about the dangerous threat of potato chip companies trying to sell their potato chips? And bemoan the dereliction of duty of a president who is failing to monitor the daily diets of all 300 million Americans? Doesn't Bush have his hands full trying to catch bin Laden?
Lieberman wants nutritional labels placed on the food wrappers at fast-food joints. He wants the government to impose nutritional standards on the food sold in vending machines in schools. He wants this, he wants that, he wants the other.
Let's get clear on one thing. This isn't about junk food. It's about junk politics. It's about controlling every single last itty bitty detail of everything anybody ever does.
Don't get me wrong. We still have a lot of freedom in America. That's why there's so much room for politicians to complain about how we haven't yet regulated whatever. We need to start regulating the regulations -- slow the flow down to a trickle.
Maybe even turn off the faucet altogether.
This is Common Sense. I'm Paul Jacob.</i>