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States Have Become Meddlesome Big Brothers

Recorded on May 7, 2012

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

Be careful, because Big Brother is watching you.

In North Carolina, Steve Cooksey bragged on his website that he lost a ton of weight by not eating any processed foods. Then, at a diet seminar, he argued with a professional dietician because he thought she gave bad advice.

Three days later, Cooksey was threatened with prosecution for giving nutritional advice on his website without a state license.

This is the same North Carolina where a school took a brown bag lunch away from a 4-year-old, claiming it wasn't healthy. So they fed her chicken nuggets.

States have gone overboard by requiring licenses for everyday work. Nineteen states even require a license for interior decorators.

When you can't brag about how you lost weight, and can't eat a sack lunch in peace, then Big Brother is the one who should be put on a diet.


From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.