The Corner

The Party of Big Government, Ctd.

Incredibly, the Senate, which was, I naively believed, controlled by the GOP, has voted to subject tobacco to the FDA.

A dreary ‘Republican’ by the name of DeWine (R-Ohio) (he’s the lead sponsor of the bill along, revealingly, with Ted Kennedy), claims that “a lot of lives will be saved”. Over at Reason, Jacob Sullum isn’t so sure.

Interestingly, a number of Republicans only signed up for this mess as part of a deal that included $12 billion in spending on a bailout for tobacco growers.

Big government meddling and big government spending – all in one fat package.

Thanks for nothing, Dr. Frist.

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