Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The New Prohibition

First they came for the cigarettes. Now it's your drink. Pardon me for having a moment of Joy in my life.

Buzz Kill: The FDA Wants to Regulate How You Party.: "

On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration notified 27 manufacturers of so-called “alcoholic energy drinks (AEDs),” that they have 30 days to prove the safety of such drinks. If the listed manufacturers fail to comply, or fail to prove the safety of their products, they will be forced to discontinue them. Many companies, such as Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors, and Diageo have already stopped the sale and production of similar products, in anticipation of the FDA crackdown. Needless to say, in the midst of a recession this is not ideal.

This breathtaking power grab by the FDA is just another example of the dramatic overreach of government we're seeing in every sector. From healthcare, to banking, to the internet, to what jobs we can have and how much we should be paid and what we do with our free time.

It won't end until we're all criminals of one sort or another. The side effect is that when you have that many criminals, they sort of morph into a rebellion.