-The federal government has a Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee. I also had one when I was a kid – my parents.
-In Fire Island, New York, it is illegal to eat cookies on the beach.
-Not sure how to drink water? The National Drinking Water Advisory Council can help.
-In North Dakota, it is against the law to sleep with your shoes on.
-Does your company make blood-based products? Consult the federal government’s Blood Products Advisory Committee.
-The government is starting an Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women. Those resources could have been used for research.
-If you have ever been in a duel, you are ineligible to vote in Mississippi.
Posted in regulation
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Here is a letter I sent recently to The New York Times:
February 17, 2010
Editor, The New York Times
620 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10018
To the Editor:
Michael Cooper’s article, “Stimulus Jobs on State’s Bill in Mississippi” (February 16, page A1), lists several people who have directly benefited from the stimulus package.
The article names none of the roughly 300 million people directly hurt by that same stimulus package. The money that pays for Roshonda Bolton’s factory job was taken away from other people. They would have spent that money in other job-creating ways.
The stimulus doesn’t actually create jobs. It rearranges them. The best possible result is no net effect. Stories touting jobs saved or created by government are at best incomplete.
Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellow
Competitive Enterprise Institute
Posted in Correspondence, Economics, Stimulus
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