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Today it’s ‘nudge squads,’ tomorrow it’s enforcement

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Michelle Minton
Fellow in Consumer Policy Studies, Competitive Enterprise Institute
              Product cans are on display during the filming of a commercial for a new PepsiCo product called Kickstart, a carbonated drink that is part juice with Mountain Dew flavor, on the streets of downtown Los Angeles Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013.  PepsiCo Inc. is set to roll out the new drink called Kickstart this month that has Mountain Dew flavor but is made with 5 percent juice and an extra jolt of caffeine and Vitamins B and C. The company is hoping to grow sales by reaching Mountain Dew fans at a new time of day: morning.  (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

It's not yet true that the White House can force you to eat and drink only what it considers “good” for you. But as Fox News revealed in July, it has moved a step closer in creating a “nudge squad,” or as it is officially known, a behavioral insights team.

Beer market needs liberty, not lawsuits

3:08 PM 02/26/2013

The U.S. Department of Justice wants to protect your ability to buy cheap beer. At least, that’s what it’s claiming to do in its January lawsuit to block a merger between brewers Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI) and Grupo Modelo. The DOJ says the merger between the two large companies would stifle competition, increase prices, and reduce product innovation in America’s beer market. However, the suit ignores the ever-increasing vibrancy of the U.S. alcohol market and consumers’ ability to “vote with their dollars.” If we truly want to encourage innovation in the beer market, we ought to pursue ways to liberate small brewers and wholesalers rather than thwart the growth of larger breweries.

Choosing the right state insurance commissioner matters

5:11 PM 01/03/2011

“And what manner of man dares to assume the post of insurance commissioner?” LA Weekly columnist Hillel Aron asked recently. It is an important question to consider. Early next year, 29 new governors will take office. Twenty-five of them have the authority — in some cases shared with other executive branch officials — to appoint insurance commissioners.

Was Prohibition repealed?

4:19 PM 12/03/2010

This Sunday, December 5, many people will raise their glasses and celebrate Repeal Day — the anniversary of the end of Prohibition, a day when Americans regained a measure of individual freedom. However, some recent actions by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suggest that aspects of Prohibition linger on nearly 80 years after the passage of the 21st Amendment. As a result, consumers are witnessing a dwindling variety of products and entrepreneurs are seeing their dreams and businesses washed down the drain.