Relentless Pursuit of Wisdom and Liberty

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Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Our beloved Feinstein just hates freedom

Leave it to Dear Old Dianne to introduce legislation that would regulate a pefectly legal and useful product that just happens to be able to be used as an ingredient for methamphetamine.
A group of senators led by Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Jim Talent, R-Mo., announced legislation Wednesday that would put nonprescription cold medicines that contain pseudoephedrine, the main ingredient used to make meth, behind the counter. Consumers would have to talk to a pharmacy worker and show photo ID before purchasing Sudafed, Tylenol flu medicine or other popular remedies.
This is great too:
Feinstein introduced legislation in 2003 to limit the amount of pseudoephedrine products people can buy, but the drug industry opposed the bill and it never got a vote in the Senate.
Many thanks to the Associated Press for pointing out that it was the "drug industry" that prevented the bill from being voted on. Maybe the Senate just decided it was a ridiculous bill to begin with. After all, it's just freaking SUDAFED, people! What's next? Create a new bureaucracy to regulate and license people to buy scissors and kitchen knives because you can kill people with them? Require fingerprints and registration to buy fertilizer for lawns because you can use it to make explosives? I hope this gets shot down by the lovers of liberty in the House and Senate - if there any left among them.


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