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Nannies and Bootleggers

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Timothy P. Carney

We conservatives and libertarians enjoy railing against the Nanny State, but it’s important to remember that the Nannies — the busybodies and bureaucrats — are often not the driving force behind these annoying infringements on our liberties. Often there’s someone making money by regulating a competitor out of business.

Check out Reason TV’s “Nanny of the Month” segment at the bottom of this post. The winning nannyism is a federal ban on intrastate shipment of raw milk. While some of the “rights” talk on the pro-raw milk side bugs me, it’s outrageous that the government would restrict our ability to buy this product from people who want to sell it to us.

And guess who’s taking the government’s side in this crackdown on small milk producers?

Big milk producers.

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