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    Mexico’s Bloated Junk Food Taxes

    Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has proposed a steep excise tax on junk food in an effort to curb Mexico’s obesity problem—and raise nearly $20 billion in tax revenue. The proposal would create a Mexican “nanny state” with government elites acting as diet dictators taking away consumers’ rights over their … More

    NYC Soda Ban Shot Down Again: Bad Day for the Food Police

    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other self-appointed nutrition czars are probably very upset. The New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department, unanimously upheld a lower court’s decision that the New York City soda ban is unconstitutional. The Ban In the words of the court, “The Sugary Drinks … More

    Roll Out the Barrels? Obamacare Funds to Sponsor Bourbon Festivals

    One day after The Washington Post reported that federal taxpayer dollars could be used to promote Obamacare through porta-potties, the same outlet posted this e-mail from a Kentucky state official on how the Commonwealth plans to use federal funds to promote Obamacare: I briefly scanned a schedule of upcoming mobile … More

    Ezra Klein Can't Save Obamacare's Broken Premium Promise

    Ezra Klein’s column in Bloomberg this week attempted to defend then-Senator Barack Obama’s repeated promises to lower premiums by $2,500. Unfortunately for Klein, virtually all of his defenses fall short. First, Klein claims that “there was no time frame attached to the promise.” On this count, he’s flat-out wrong. Campaign … More

    Bloomberg Soda Ban Fizzles

    New York City Mayor Nanny Michael Bloomberg got a well-deserved legal spanking of his own today from a state court judge ruling against his imperial ban on the sale of large-size sodas and other sweetened drinks. The prohibition was due to take effect on Tuesday. New York Supreme Court Judge Milton … More

    Chile's Strong Economy: A Case of Positive Policy and Freedom

    Chile continues to lead Latin America in 2013 in both economic growth and economic freedom. These positive outcomes reflect well on the solid policy choices being implemented by the Chilean government of President Sebastián Piñera. Making it onto the 2013 Index of Economic Freedom’s list of top 10 freest countries … More

    Financial Freedom: The Solution to Ailing India Economy

    India’s consumers might have been jealous of King Midas’s touch. The country’s historical affinity for gold has reached new extremes thanks to a weak economy, a falling rupee, and poor financial alternatives. In the past year, India’s economy has been beleaguered by poor performance. Corruption, a lack of competitiveness, and … More

    Finding the Answer in the Founding

    There are certain existential questions that humans have wrestled with since the dawn of time: “What is the meaning of life?” “Which came first: the chicken or the egg?” Perhaps even “Does the refrigerator light stay on when I close the door?” Recently, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg tried … More

    Legislation Prohibits Taxpayer-Funded Attack Ads on Soda

    New legislation introduced in the U.S. House yesterday would prohibit the use of federal money for advertisements attacking products like Coke and Pepsi. Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) introduced the bill to counter a growing trend of anti-obesity ads that are funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a … More

    Top 10 Reads: September 16, 2011

    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. Senator Casey Breaks With President Over Jobs Bill – CBSPittsburgh.com GE Responds to Charges of Crony Capitalism – Tim Carney, The Washington Examiner EPA Delays Global Warming Rules Again – … More