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Market Forces Should Regulate Smoking

Benjamin Powell | Posted 08.26.2014 | Business
Benjamin Powell

Restaurants and bars in Lubbock, Texas have become the most recent target of anti-smoking zealots pushing their prohibitionist agenda. These activists fail to appreciate how respecting the freedom of property owners to determine their own policy, coupled with market forces, already achieves efficient regulation.

The Tyranny of the Nanny State, Where the Government Knows What's Best for You

John W. Whitehead | Posted 10.11.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Having allowed the government to expand and exceed our reach, we find ourselves on the losing end of a tug-of-war over control of our country and our lives.

Viva the Nanny State

Edward Flattau | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Some conservatives angrily accuse government of acting as a Nanny State by excessively narrowing the freedom of cigarette users to smoke. An editoria...

Hey, MPAA: Give Philomena a PG-13

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's a charming and moving little film, starring Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. It tells the true story of an Irish woman who, as a teen, became pregnant and was forced into the Magdalene Sisters' care.

9 Ways the Right's Cradle to Grave "Randian State" Is An Assault on Millennials

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 08.16.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Born at the dawn of the Reagan era, Millennials were the first generation to be fully subjected to the all-out assault of the idea that we take care of each other in this country. Some of us are the parents of Millenials, and we wonder: who will fight with them, and for them?

Will the Styrofoam Cup Survive Bloomberg's Nanny State?

Paul Alexander | Posted 06.22.2013 | New York
Paul Alexander

As the mayoral candidates begin posturing for the fall campaign, none of them has made nanny-state solutions to today's problems a part of his or her campaign. So the days of Bloomberg's nanny state are numbered. This may save the Styrofoam cup after all.

Sugar, 1; People, 0: The Soda Ban Wasn't Perfect, It Was a Start

Diana Le Dean | Posted 05.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Diana Le Dean

The soda ban was an imperfect beginning, surely, but it was a beginning. It was not going to end our sugar addiction any more than making bars smoke-free was going to get the city to en masse kick the smoking habit. It was a one small factor in a complex equation.

Soda and the Nanny State

Dr. Jonny Bowden | Posted 05.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jonny Bowden

Did the Bloomberg proposal have faults? You bet. Did it have loopholes? Sure. Would it present an enforcement nightmare? Probably, although not nearly as bad as critics have suggested. But that does that mean we sit back and do nothing?

Bloomberg Cracks Down On Pain Reliever Prescriptions

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 01.11.2013 | New York

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is again pushing new regulations aimed at making New Yorkers healthier. This time, he's calling for restrictions on the amount...

New Traffic Light Food Labels: Much-Needed Intervention or Nanny State Interference?

Charlotte Hilton Andersen | Posted 12.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Charlotte Hilton Andersen

Mark Bittman, a writer for the New York Times, is proposing a new way to label foods so that all consumers need to do is take a quick glance at the package to make an informed decision about their health.

When It Comes To Healthy Soda Habits, Does Size Matter?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.14.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Now that the New York City Board of Health has ratified Mayor Bloomberg's plan to ban sugar-sweetened beverages (well, some such beverages, really) larger than 16 oz., we should be able to answer the question: Is this a big deal?

TWEETS: The Country Reacts To NYC Soda Ban

Posted 09.13.2012 | New York

In an effort to curb obesity in New York City, the Board of Health officially approved Mayor Bloomberg's plan to ban the sale of large, sugary drinks ...

World Breastfeeding Week Sucks According to this Lactation Consultant

Jay Gordon, MD | Posted 10.03.2012 | Health and Fitness
Jay Gordon, MD

My good friend and lactation expert Susan E. Burger, MHS, PhD, IBCLC has strong feelings about World Breastfeeding Week. I have to agree that it's th...

Can We Engage in Reasoned Discourse on Crucial Health Care Concerns Rather Than Invoking References to a "Nanny State?"

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 09.29.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

It's crucial for our individual health and the health of our society to step away from easy labels and to dig into accurate, factual, scientific data derived from careful, logical research and to see what it means for public policy.

LISTEN: The 'Authentic' New Yorkers Who Hate Bloomberg's Soda Ban

Posted 07.02.2012 | New York

Lobbyists from large soda companies, including Coca-Cola, have launched an aggressive campaign to fight Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed bigger-than...

Super-sized Opposition?

Robert M. Eisinger | Posted 08.19.2012 | Politics
Robert M. Eisinger

Would one describe the policy as a ban or a limit? Would one include that the larger beverage would be available at certain locales but not others (i.e., a ban at certain locales)? Would you include 16-plus ounces in the question, or describe it simply as large?

Half Of NYers Oppose Proposed Soda Ban

AP | SAMANTHA GROSS | Posted 06.05.2012 | New York

NEW YORK -- About half of New Yorkers say Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed ban of sugary drinks over 16 ounces from the city's eateries is an exampl...

Bloomberg's Soda Ban: Soda Today, Schmeers Tomorrow?

AP | ADAM GELLER | Posted 08.01.2012 | New York

NEW YORK — Just how far would a government go to protect us from ourselves? In New York City – which already bans smoking in public parks...

LOOK: New Yorkers React To Bloomberg's Soda Ban Crusade

Posted 05.31.2012 | New York

The internet erupted in protest Wednesday over Mayor Bloomberg's plan to ban large sugary beverages in New York. Yes, a few Nanny State sympathizer...

Indiana Superintendents Say More Expulsions Will Defend Student Rights

Adam Goldstein | Posted 04.23.2012 | Education
Adam Goldstein

Asserting that a bill extending state authority to punish students with no limits whatsoever is a victory for student rights bends reality to the breaking point.

The Republican Nanny State

Ron Davis | Posted 04.11.2012 | Politics
Ron Davis

Republicans who support subsidies should stop their mass-manipulation. Rather than hiding behind hypocritical pro-market rhetoric, it is time to admit they have embraced their very own entitlement-boom that rivals the dreams of any European welfarist.

Richmond May Be First City In Nation To Enforce Soda Tax

Aaron Sankin | Posted 12.14.2011 | San Francisco

The East Bay city of Richmond is poised to be the first city in the county to levy a tax on soda to fund anti-childhood obesity efforts. Last week,...

Hang Up and Drive, Governor Brown

Steve Heilig | Posted 11.29.2011 | San Francisco
Steve Heilig

Jerry Brown flubbed a big one this month when he vetoed a bill that would have significantly increased fines for using a cell phone for talk or texting while driving.

Americans As Welfare Queens? It's a Dangerous Right-Wing Narrative

Caryl Rivers | Posted 10.15.2011 | Politics
Caryl Rivers

Conservatives are spinning a narrative that pictures the U.S. as a profligate, lazy, "entitled" society, one in which the Protestant work ethic has withered on the vine and citizens live beyond their means and rely on government handouts.

Exhibit Reveals How The Government Influences The Way We Eat

Kerry Trueman | Posted 08.31.2011 | Home
Kerry Trueman

No wonder Uncle Sam looks so pained; he's been getting his arm twisted by lobbyists for nearly a hundred years. And food is no different.