Freedom Worth Its Salt

What will Big Brother outlaw next? Salt shakers?

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

April 28th 2010

The Food and Drug Administration has announced that it will soon require the manufacturers of many food products to use less salt. They assure us that the changes will be calibrated so that consumers will barely notice them. That raises the question: Is there anything (other than sex) that the government can’t regulate?

If people want less salt in their food, manufacturers will respond to their desires. … Read more

Corn vs. Coronary Bypass Surgery

All you can eat, according to the Obama socialist in residence, Dr. Ronald Werrbick, MD.

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

July 28th 2010

It is argued here and there that President Obama is not a socialist. But with the incredible recess appointment last week of Dr. Ronald Werrbick to head the newly created American Center for All-American Food Excellence (“American CAFÉ”), the charge of socialism is becoming difficult to refute. Dr. Werrbick will direct an agency that oversees all food production and distribution … Read more

Mau-Mauing the Free Press

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

August 3rd 2010

Lee Bollinger, president of Columbia University, host to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and newly appointed head of the New York Federal Reserve Bank, says government should get into the business of subsidizing journalism. Like other Obama appointees, he says he is concerned that, with the changes in the financial structure of journalism, Americans might be deprived “of the essential information they need as citizens.”

It’s not difficult to imagine that one of those “needs” would … Read more

All That Gold

Mountains and mountains of federal regulations wait to be attacked by Republican politicians as they move to save American from financial ruin.

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

January 24th 2011

As Republican politicians look frantically for ways to solve the country’s financial problems, they should not overlook the mountain of gold towering before them. That mountain is the accumulation of federal regulations that now occupies more than 82,000 pages in the Federal Register.

No one knows for sure what the cost of all … Read more

Getting Serious About Regulations — NOT!

Who does our president take us for?

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

February 2nd 2011

In a piece in the Wall Street Journal, President Obama has written that he wants to ensure that federal regulations “protect our safety, health, and environment while promoting economic growth.” He made a similar claim in his State of the Union address.

Before anyone starts calling him the “deregulation president,” it’s worth taking a closer look at his piece. Hidden in the fluff, of course, is a lot … Read more

Dracon for President?

Nothing, nothing is as important as the financial health of the United States.

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

February 22nd 2011

“Draconian” was the way one Democrat described, with surprising accuracy, the budget cuts the Republicans in the House of Representatives passed before the dawn’s early light last Saturday. Dracon, who gave his name to the Democrat’s adjective, was an Athenian legislator in the 7th century B.C. who replaced the rule of lawgivers with the rule of law, an act that to this … Read more

Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, Student Debt Has Got to Go!

By Daniel Oliver

May 8th 2014

Student debt is a public-policy issue that will keep on giving—giving problems to the Democrats, who created it, and the opportunity of a lifetime to Republicans, if they have the wit to seize it.

The total student-loan debt is huge, an estimated $1 trillion. Average debt per borrower in 2012 was $24,800. Of the trillion dollars, about $758.5 billion is owed to the federal government. The rest is owed to private lenders.

There are three problems with … Read more

The Federal Trade Commission’s Unwelcome Birthday

By Daniel Oliver

The Washington Times

November 6th 2014

Happy Birthday, Federal Trade Commission — I guess. This Friday the FTC is holding a jamboree in Washington, D.C., to celebrate 100 years of nonstatutory lawmaking, commonly referred to as regulating.

The FTC was midwifed into this world on Sept. 26, 1914, by President Woodrow Wilson — not an auspicious beginning. Wilson thought separation of powers belonged in the dustbin of history. The FTC is now the oldest surviving so-called “independent regulatory agency,” the Interstate … Read more

Let’s Make A Deal With the Middle Class

By Daniel Oliver

The Daily Caller

January 5th 2015

Happy New Year, middle class. Now let’s have a serious discussion.

After the electoral shellacking the Democrats took in November, Senator Chuck Schumer (D, Govt.) said the Democrats should propose more middle-class-oriented programs to try to win back the core: white, working-class voters.

Middle-class income is said to be down, and the middle class is said to be upset. But it’s not clear that the first statement is true, or that the second statement is … Read more