August 13, 2011

Your rodent hair is in my insect fragment

CenTexTim has a post up that talks a bit about the overwhelming (redundant, idiotic and stifling) amount of regulation we have in the United States.  In the comments, I mentioned this Glenn Beck clip that provides an excellent visualization of how much regulation is associated with Obamacare alone.

This morning on the local news, there was a plea for blood donors.  The nice lady explained that the record heat has affected their ability to donate because the Food and Drug Administration has strict temperature guidelines for blood collection.  She pointed out that storage isn't the issue, but that they haven't been able to meet the temperature guidelines of everything being between 59 and 77 degrees.  The FDA says the ambient air temp can't be over 77.  The equipment and medical supplies can't be over 77 degrees.  The cookies and free T-shirts can't be over 77 degrees.  Those big bloodmobiles sitting parked in our record high overnight lows in the mid 80's simply can't be cooled sufficiently to get every surface and item within the accepted range and hold it there as temps go well over 100.  Several times the nice lady reiterated that there was no danger to the blood and that they had adequate refrigeration, as she just as frequently uttered the letters F.D.A. with thinly veiled contempt.

If the blood is safe and the donors are willing, why does the government need to be involved? 

Living in Germany for three years, my kids became big fans of Kinder Eggs.  I was reminded of them in a slideshow on Fox News titled 'Foods You Can't Buy in the United States'.  A Kinder Egg is a plastic egg encased in a thin layer of chocolate.  Inside the eggs are small toys, usually requiring some assembly.  The packaging is duly marked to warn of the small parts and danger to children under 3.

The parts are larger than Tic Tacs, but those can be sold to a child.  Barbie shoes are similar in size, but Mattel is still raking in dough from those.  The list of toys or parts of toys that are similar or smaller is endless.  Apparently, putting the toys inside of a chocolate covered plastic egg confuses kids into thinking that the toy is edible, according to the FDA.  The decision maker must not have any children, as the whole point of the Kinder Egg is to get to the TOY.

In April of 2010, the FDA set up a sting operation and shutdown an Amish farmer for distributing milk.  Unpasteurized milk.  Raw milk.  Your tax dollars paid for some 'agent' to set up fake accounts and take delivery of this contraband to bolster the criminal case of people buying milk straight from the cow.  My mother is lucky to have survived a childhood filled with daily milk abuse, as her brothers shot her in the face with milk straight from the source, and then, GASP!, the whole family consumed the unpasteurized dairy products.  

As usual, there are no statistics to site, no dead-from-choking little kid bodies or people killed by warm blood or fresh milk, because - the government will tell you - they have prevented those deaths by regulation.  You can't have a chocolate coated Kinder Egg, but you can have plain chocolate with up to 60 insect fragments per 100 grams.  Want some peanut butter in your chocolate?  That's thirty more insect fragments and a rodent hair. Gag. 

I haven't really even scratched the surface on all of the 'oversight' that the FDA is charged with.  They do too much.  They have too much power.  They have stripped us of personal responsibility.  They think we are ignorant and incapable of making informed decisions.  They refuse to let us make our own choices, determine our level of acceptable risk and enjoy or suffer the consequences.   They are the first government agency to get the ax when I am president.

1 comment:

CenTexTim said...

One more example:

On June 14, 2011, the FDA published new rules regulating the labeling on sunscreens.

"FDA announced its intent to draft sunscreen rules in 1978 and published them in 1999. The agency then put the plan on indefinite hold until it could address issues concerning both UVA and UVB protection."

In other words, it took over 30 years - 30 friggin' years - for the FDA to "help consumers have the information they need so they can choose the right sun protection for themselves and their families" according to Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of FDA's drug division.

Gee, thanks, doc. I don't know how we made it through the last three decades without the FDA's help.