ISTOOK: Obama’s war on pizza

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This is a dirty little secret of federal bureaucracies: Not only do they waste taxpayers’ money, but they also force the private sector to waste money.

For delivery-focused pizza makers, the industry is amazed that the FDA won’t let vendors post information on their websites, as some already do. Or deliver basic information with the pizza. The pie makers offered, but the FDA hasn’t bitten.

Lawmakers from both parties have filed legislation to restrict the FDA’s power over the pizza makers, grocers and others before the regulations are final.

But some Democrats want the Obama administration to become even stricter: Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro, both of Connecticut, and Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., of New Jersey, have legislation that would dictate a sweeping overhaul of labels on packaging of all foods.

The food police also could be given other tasks. Be very afraid that some would go beyond New York City’s idea of limiting sodas to 16 ounces. Portion control already is required in the school lunch program, championed by first lady Michelle Obama. What might be ahead? Instead of supersizing, imagine the federally mandated downsizing of doughnuts, ice cream scoops and slices of pizza.

About the only thing safe from being downsized by the federal government is the federal government.

Ernest Istook is a distinguished fellow at the Heritage Foundation and a former Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Oklahoma.

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Ernest Istook

Ernest Istook

Ernest Istook spent 25 years in public office, including 14 years in Congress. He was rated one of the top 25 conservatives in the U.S. House of Representatives. Then was a Heritage Foundation fellow and a fellow at Harvard’s Insitute of Politics, where he led a study group on Propaganda in American Politics Today.

Now as a radio host and ...

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