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Nanny state: Fines for giving water, taxes on soda

Posted: September 3, 2012 at 5:00 pm   /   by

” . . . one of these days, you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children, and our children’s children, what it once was like in America when men were free.” —Ronald Reagan

Our nation’s nannies have turned up the heat this summer.

August’s slate of control freaks includes the silver state statists who might fine you 2,000 bucks for the crime of teaching someone how to apply makeup, and the Phoenix code enforcer who busted a woman for handing out free water in 112-degree heat (!) because she didn’t have a license.

Yet neither could managed to muster the the meddling of this month’s top pick. Using federal taxpayers’ dough (we’re talking stimulus and Obamacare cash) to implement local-level soda taxes and other nanny state laws certainly violates good taste, but the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General thinks it might also violate federal anti-lobbying provisions.

Presenting Reason TV’s Nanny of the Month for August 2012: Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius!

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Christopher Cook

Managing Editor at Western Free Press
Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including AnyStreet.org (now a part of Western Free Press) and Liberatchik.com. He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to WesternFreePress.com.
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Nanny state: Fines for giving water, taxes on soda