FDA on Another Shakedown

Monday, November 16, 2009
Posted in category Totalitarian Government

From today’s Wall Street Journal:

The Food and Drug Administration is taking aim at caffeinated alcoholic drinks, saying it will pull them off the market unless manufacturers can prove the beverages are safe to drink.

On Friday, the FDA sent letters to nearly 30 companies, giving them 30 days to provide evidence that their drinks don’t pose health or safety risks. The FDA hasn’t approved the use of caffeine in alcoholic beverages, and companies might have to show that experts generally think mixing caffeine and alcohol is safe for consumers.

The government just hates all of these modern beverages loaded with all kinds of stimulants that it knows little about, but loves to demonize. The anti-Ephedra campaign is still going on. Look, I am the last person to like these horrible beverages with all of the sugar or stimulants in them. Most people are too sedentary to be drinking this stuff as much as they do. The marketing of these products is geared toward enticing people into the “easy energy” fix. The perfect customers for such gimmicks are lazy, high time preference Americans who are easily swayed by the “instant energy” advertising hooks. But these choices belong to the individual. As to the alcohol drinks that contain caffeine – why doesn’t the FDA have to prove that these drinks do pose a safety risk before they are yanked off the shelf and branded an unsafe product? Why then, isn’t the FDA concerned about establishments that serve coffee drinks? Perhaps in the near future, the FDA will be busting down my door to confiscate my Starbucks Barista coffee maker and my Kahlua, Courvoisier, and Irish Cream liquors.

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8 Responses to FDA on Another Shakedown

  1. clark says:

    November 16th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Round and round it goes, we already went through the “cofffee and caffine could be bad” phase, so I suppose much like with the, “margarine and cooking oils are bad” phase, we have to go through this phase twice. Perhaps a study will come out in a few years saying these energy drinks are good for us and the government will have to reverse itself, again. That is if the government is still around and has not collapsed from its own lopsided weight before then.

    Surprisingly, I saw this yesterday at the bottom of the Google news page, it was a libitarian slanted opinion piece – word must be getting out? I sometimes feel like it’s all up to the younger generation as they are the only population group large enough to counter the size of the Baby Boomer generation and the maddness of Fascism they have unleashed on the world.

    On Rights and Responsibilities: One Cannot Exist Without the Other – By Edward Wimberley

    http://www.naplesnews.com/blogs/veritas-libertas-edward-wimberley/2009/oct/31/responsibilities/

  2. Steve says:

    November 16th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    what about my rum and coke?

    Sheesh…bunch of fools!

  3. cousin lucky says:

    November 16th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Someone in our government is sure to brand you, Ms De Coster, as a subversive or a malcontent, or something pulled from their hat of ugly terms.

    Then you will have your computer confiscated and your website ordered shut down. Everyone who has ever sent you an email will be immediately placed on the ” watch list ” if they have not been put there already.

    Your Friends and family will be sent to the ” re-education ” camps to have their heads drilled into with the latest ” government is so good ” propaganda!!

    Everything that you own, especially your books and firearms, will then belong to the government to do with as they please.

    If you protest, or hire a lawyer, you will be placed in solitary confinement indefinitely!! Always know that ” WE ” are watching you!! You Betcha!!

  4. Tom Osborne says:

    November 16th, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    Re clark (with whom I agree regarding the “round and round” of food safety questioning): Baby Boomers have unleashed Fascism on the world? (Fascism, Socialism, Communism…I suppose you mean Totalitarianism in some form or another, whatever it is that we now have or are in the process of getting.) I would say the ills we are suffering from in this country go back at least as far as Franklin Roosevelt (although some would say Lincoln). But regardless, as you well know, it was going on way before the Baby Boomers ever came around. Karl Marx lived from 1818 to 1883. Vladimir Lenin lived from 1870 to 1924. Now, here are some fascinatingly congruent dates: John Maynard Keynes, Benito Mussolini, and Mao Tse Tung were all born in 1883, the year Marx died (lose one evil and three more pop up to take its place). Franklin Delano Roosevelt had been born only one year before (1882). Adolph Hitler came along a few years later–1889. (What was in the water in the 1880s?) And guess what, Mussolini, Hitler, and Roosevelt all died the same year, 1945. Keynes followed them the next year, 1946. (Mao Tse Tung hung around quite a bit longer–dying in 1976.) The book “1984″ was copyrighted in 1949 (when I was one year old).

    A Baby Boomer is anyone in the United States born between 1946 and 1964; this generation happened to have started out just AFTER fascism (Italy), national socialism (Germany), and whatever kind of slavery that was on offer from the Emperor of Japan had been stopped. However, that same generation spent their formative years fearing destruction by the communist Soviet Union. Meanwhile, in the vicinity of Veterans’ Day, our current sitting president was busy bowing low before the Emperor of Japan and later standing for a photo op in China wearing a Mao jacket.

    (Even though Obama is a Baby Boomer), I think it is incorrect to pin all this on any one generation. I forget who said it, but I believe it is true, that each generation must fight evil anew. And so when you speak of having hope in the younger generation, you are correct, because whether the generations ahead win or lose, each successive generation will nevertheless still have to battle it all over again.

  5. clark says:

    November 17th, 2009 at 1:56 am

    Dang, Cousin Lucky, don’t sugar coat it. Heh, prolly all true too. Well, I’ve got two words for them Gestapo… Tweet! Tweet!

  6. Mark T says:

    November 18th, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Guilty until proven innocent…

  7. Damon Crowe says:

    November 19th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    This falls into the ever burgeoning category of guilty until proven innocent. Not to mention that the FDA is a BIG JOKE.
    The one thing I am puzzled about, though, is what (other than self conscience control over our lives) does the FDA have to gain by this?

    Perhaps I answered my own question.

  8. Clark says:

    November 25th, 2009 at 12:55 am

    Totalitarianism and the various blended flavors thereof, brought to us by many, but firmly footed by the largest voting population block ever. If enough of the Boomer generation wants it, they get it, they out number every other group there is… if they wanted to change things they could – simply due to their overwhelming numbers. So the Baby Boomer generation, more than any other alive today, is responsible for the direction of government in the U.S. and the results. The other generations were too easily divided and no generation clearly outnumbered the rest.

    It’s a numbers game, the generation born after 1991 is larger than the Baby Boomer generation and also happens to be the target group to pay for the unfunded liabilities of the Boomers. In a voting contest, those born after 1991 are the only voting block large enough to counter the size of the Boomer generation, if I’m not mistaken.

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