This Week’s Nanny State Breakdown

Whether it is trying to implement a 21st century prohibition, or limit your salt intake, the nanny state has been launching attacks on all fronts in 2012. Running out of things to control and regulate, big brother’s efforts has reached new levels of lunacy. Here's a glance at the state of the Nanny State this week:

  • D.C. city councilman Jack Evans has introduced new regulations and tax hikes for food trucks. The proposal includes a 10 percent tax increase on all consumer purchases. The bill is expected to pass and should be implemented by October 1st of this year.
  • Food trucks on the other side of the continent have been driven into the ditch as well. California lawmaker William Monning (D) is supporting legislation that would ban food trucks within 1,500 feet of schools (current regulations require marijuana dispensaries to be 600 feet away, and the law prohibits guns from being within 1000 feet), in an flawed attempt to fight child obesity.
  • Both California and Tennessee lawmakers are now targeting adult entertainment to fund their overspending habits. California wants to place a $10 tax on each customer visiting a strip club, while Tennessee goes much further, demanding a 25 percent tax on businesses that are so vaguely defined it would probably hit gyms that offer aerobic striptease classes that have recently become popular.
  • California’s Attorney General has filed lawsuits against numerous companies including McDonalds and PepsiCo hoping that it will incentivize them to put warning labels on products containing potatoes, alleging that the cooking process created dangerous chemicals in the innocuous tuber. The AG has stated that the natural byproduct of browned potatoes, which has been tested and approved by the FDA, causes cancer.
  • In Maryland a bill was just introduced on Tuesday that would ban people from smoking in their own cars if there is a child passenger, doing so would be a primary offense which would allow officers to pull over drivers otherwise adhering to the law.

Nonetheless common sense did make its way into the public arena this week.

  • A teacher in North Carolina was suspended indefinitely in response to the outrage sparked across the country last week after she threw out a 4 year old’s lunch her mother packed because it didn’t meet standards set by the state.
  • In Idaho a proposal to alter the age limit for tanning beds from 18 to 15 is moving through the state legislature.

It is clear politicians and their special interests will not stop until every food, beverage, and action not deemed appropriate by the state has been banned, regulated or taxed, proving once again that its discriminatory war on consumers has nothing to do with health and everything to do with big government control.

TAGS: Regulation, Nanny State

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