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Big Regulation

Recorded on March 1, 2011

It's time for common sense; I'm Ernest Istook.

Our government spends our tax money telling us to eat better and exercise. But how far should it go?

In Japan, if you are age 40 or over they measure your waistline every year. If your waist is too big, you must go to behavior modification counseling, and your employer is required to pay more into a health fund.

The U.S. hasn't gone that far, but it's intruding ever more into controlling our health care. Government dictates that medical insurance must cover more and more, even when that makes it less and less affordable. Government tells us what light bulb to buy, supposedly to help us save money, just as it makes appliances cost more, in the name of energy efficiency.

They say it's to protect us from ourselves, but then who will protect us from our government.

For common sense, from The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.