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    Research on Salt Shakes Its Bad Image

    Looks like we’ll have to take those warnings about sodium in our diet from First Lady Michelle Obama, bureaucrats, and assorted food police with, well, a grain of salt. The latest research indicates that most folks can stay healthy without cutting back on how much sodium they consume, Rebecca Voelker … More

    Agriculture Isn't About to Leave U.S. Over Lack of Immigration Reform

    The Obama Administration is getting desperate as it clamors for reasons to push comprehensive immigration reform. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack claims that without immigration reform, farms won’t be as productive as they could be, and they are thinking about moving operations outside the country, according to … More

    USDA’s New Climate Hubs Repackage Old Micromanagement

    Everything old is new again when it comes to federal agriculture policy. The federal condescension that has become characteristic of many a farm bill’s agriculture programs has found new expression in the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan outreach to farmers. Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the … More

    Bottom Feeder Lurking in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill

    If you’re looking for the word catfish in the omnibus appropriations bill, you’ll just look past the language that was included in the legislation: Provided further, That the Food Safety and Inspection Service shall continue implementation of section 11016 of Public Law 110–246. In the Joint Explanatory Statement regarding the … More

    Three “Under the Radar” Issues in the Farm Bill Debate

    There are numerous issues in the current farm bill debate that may not receive the biggest headlines but are extremely important. Here are just three of those issues. 1. Catfish Inspection Program This program is a poster child for government waste and the type of special interest provisions that dominate … More

    Taming the Regulatory Tax Monster

    Every American knows about the income tax, but how many are aware of the regulatory tax? That’s the cost of all regulations (good, bad and indifferent) imposed on Americans by the 60 or so government agencies that contribute to the 175,000-page (and growing) Code of Federal Regulations. The fact that … More

    Farm Bill: Taxpayers and Consumers Are Getting Catfished

    As lawmakers look for ways to cut spending from the farm bill, they should go hunting for catfish—the new, not-so-pretty face of government waste. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates seafood. However, there will now be a special exception just for catfish, which will soon be inspected by the … More

    Should Government Restrict the Candy Supply?

    What happens if there are too many Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in the marketplace? What if there’s an influx of imported jelly beans? This simply can’t be allowed. The federal government must restrict supply to ensure that all children can enjoy the right amount of candy this Halloween at the … More

    Are 14 Percent of Americans Chronically Hungry?

    Earlier this week, a New York Times editorial claimed that 14.5 percent of U.S. households are experiencing “pangs of chronic hunger.” This figure is based on a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). It’s misleading, though. The 14.5 percent figure used by the Times refers to “food … More

    15 Pictures of Ridiculous Government Spending Guaranteed to Make You Mad

    In 2013, federal spending approached $3.5 trillion. Now that’s hard to wrap your brain around. It’s about $27,700 for every American household. All across America, families balance their budgets, rein in spending, and pay down their debts. If Americans can do it, why can’t the federal government? Instead, they’re wasting … More