Those on-so-clever Tea Party types are always whining about government spending. We spend too much on all those unnecessary federal programs, they say. Rep. Ron Paul, among others, wants to strip government back to the military and, well, not much else.
Of course, such cuts come at a price, one even the libertarian Cato Institute might not want to endorse.
Let's consider a recent Federal Drug Administration right here in Oklahoma. Turns out the FDA raided an Owasso business a few days ago for selling drugs that can cure cancer. (Right…and we've got this cool bridge in Brooklyn we can sell for cheap.)
According to the Tulsa World, the owner of the Owasso business was not a doctor, but she did administer something called OxyM, made, in part, of "black walnut green-hull extract."
That's right, Sooner fans, if people are desperate enough you can sell them just about anything.
Protecting the public from drug and medical scams is important. This isn't government waste and it isn't something the free market can regulate on its own.
The "government is the enemy" crowd doesn't want to hear it, but we need a lot the government we have. Among other things, it keeps the medical shysters in check.