Nanny state: Fines for giving water, taxes on soda

| September 3 2012
Christopher Cook

” . . . 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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