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Great Moments in Government, from Banning Bake Sales to Limiting Mistresses

Michelle Obama wants the federal government to tell us what kind of food to eat. I actually wouldn’t object if she merely used a bully pulpit to encourage healthier eating. But the busy-body crowd in Washington has a hard time distinguishing between giving advice and engaging in coercion. So we now have legislation that gives […]

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Great Moments in Government

You won’t know whether to laugh or cry after perusing these stories that will be added to our “great moments in government” collection. For instance, did you realize that American taxpayers were saddled with the responsibility to micro-manage agriculture in Afghanistan? You’re probably surprised the answer is yes. But I bet you’re not surprised that […]

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The Alimentary Canal Version of Great Moments in Government

When I started writing about public policy, I never realized that …um…human waste would be a frequent topic. *But we examined (not too closely!) the story of a Postal Service employee who defecated in someone’s yard and got to keep his job. *We wondered why the Greek government wanted stool samples from entrepreneurs starting online […]

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The Alimentary Canal Version of Great Moments in Government

When I started writing about public policy, I never realized that …um…human waste would be a frequent topic. *But we examined (not too closely!) the story of a Postal Service employee who defecated in someone’s yard and got to keep his job. *We wondered why the Greek government wanted stool samples from entrepreneurs starting online […]

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Another Great Moment in Government-Manufactured Human Rights

As part of my “great moments” in government series, I periodically share stories about really foolish regulations and really wasteful spending. And sometimes I’ll even have a story that combines dumb regulation and boondoggle spending. For instance, you won’t believe the government’s inane approach to different-sized condoms. I also have a satirical series about “great […]

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Another Great Moment in Government-Manufactured Human Rights

As part of my “great moments” in government series, I periodically share stories about really foolish regulations and really wasteful spending. And sometimes I’ll even have a story that combines dumb regulation and boondoggle spending. For instance, you won’t believe the government’s inane approach to different-sized condoms. I also have a satirical series about “great […]

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