Government Now in Cigar Business?

Add the tobacco industry to the list of those now more tightly controlled by the central government. This AP story highlights legislation recently passed in the U.S. Senate that would give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to regulate both the content and the marketing of tobacco products.

In true politician fashion, the story quoted Sen. Ted Kennedy appealing to the tried-and-true notion that such legislation is about helping the children:

“It is a lifesaving act for the millions of children who will be spared a lifetime of addiction and premature death,” Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., said in a statement.

The government always appeals to noble ambitions when they take more control over the private sector. Add “Big Tobacco” to the banks, the automakers and other industries either now highly-regulated or out-right managed by the government.

This should all go exceedingly well since the government does such a great job at managing things. You know: Social Security, Medicare, Amtrak, the DMV… I’m sure everything will work out fine.

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