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New York State proposes banning salt

The New York General Assembly is at it again. They’re looking out for the health of the people of New York, legislating behavior for the betterment of all. Felix Ortiz (D-Brooklyn) has proposed a new law that would fine restaurants $1,000 for each violation for including an additive in their meals that has been linked to heart disease and other health problems when it is consumed in excess.

That additive is salt.

“No owner or operator of a restaurant in this state shall use salt in any form in the preparation of any food for consumption by customers of such restaurant, including food prepared to be consumed on the premises of such restaurant or off of such premises,” the bill, A. 10129, states in part.

Never mind that uncounted recipies require salt. Read the rest of this entry »


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Waiting lists in the health care bill? But I thought…

(H/T @JamieDupree)

Wait a second. I thought there wasn’t going to be any rationing? I thought the Democrats promised us we wouldn’t see any of the problems detailed in Steven Crowder’s video about the Canadian Health Care System in our wonderful new Democrat-sponsored Health Care “Reform” bill?

Yeah, like anyone actually believed that.

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The Real Cost of Agricultural Subsidies

CottonBy Matthew W. Quinn

Imagine you’re a cotton farmer in West Africa.  One day, the man who comes to buy your cotton to be exported does not show up.  You go to the marketplace and find there is nobody willing to buy your cotton.  In fact, there is cheaper cotton available from abroad.

You now cannot sell your crop, or at least you cannot sell it for very much.  You need to buy food and fertilizer, and your children need medicine and money to pay for schooling.  You’re in trouble now.

Are these the workings of the free market?  No.  The reason the foreign cotton was able to price the West African cotton out of the market is because it came from the United States and was heavily subsidized.

Cotton subsidies are one of the most notorious examples of government agricultural supports and it gives American cotton producers an unfair advantage over more efficient producers abroad. For example, in Burkina Faso, it costs one-third as much to produce cotton as it does in the United States.  According to the British aid agency Oxfam, the only clear advantage American cotton growers have over competitors in Africa is their ability to get government subsidies. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Tax Upon You!

Not since Bill Clinton asked what the definition of “is” is have I seen this kind of hair-splitting shennanigans.

Barack Obama is so desperate to “prove” that his health care plan won’t raise taxes that he argues with Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary.

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Welcome to Duh-ville

The National Research Council and Institute of Medicine put out a report about fast food and minority neighborhoods, so of course I took all that astroturf money I’ve been earning and spent $32.40 to read it.

Fast Food

Or not.

I did, however, get to see this CNS News article about it.

“One of things that has been shown in studies all across the country is that there is a proliferation of certain types of restaurants in certain neighborhoods,” said Adewale Troutman, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness in Louisville, Ky.

“If you look at areas where the socio-economic status is a bit low or predominately African American and Latino and you compare it to other communities that are more affluent, with different racial and ethnic mix,” he said, “you’ll find that there is an overwhelming propensity for the location of fast food restaurants in those communities.”

Hmm…  Let’s see.  Fast food restaurants are more common in low-income neighborhoods than affluent neighborhoods.  I wonder why that could be?

Could it be that fast food restaurants offer inexpensive food, and healthier choices generally cost a good deal more, on a per meal basis, than fast food?  Could it be that more affluent areas attract restaurants with a higher price-point, and that healthy food restaurants are generally priced higher than fast food?

Nah.  That can’t be it. Read the rest of this entry »

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