Controlling The Message

In times past, censorship was imposed on the media by totalitarians who regarded dissent as unpatriotic and subversive. They would close down newspapers or send gangs of thugs to smash the presses.

Things operate differently nowadays. Censorship is self-imposed. The most remarkable example that I have come across after the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling legalising same-sex marriage comes from The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, the capital of the state of Pennsylvania. The paper has a new editorial policy: it “will very strictly limit op-Eds and letters to the editor in opposition to same-sex marriage. These unions are now the law of the land. And we will not publish such letters and op-Eds any more than we would publish those that are racist, sexist or anti-Semitic.” Read more…

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Quote of the Day

“Governor Wolf is offering bad medicine to the people of Pennsylvania with his Medicaid expansion proposal.  All Pennsylvanians deserve access to quality care and Medicaid expansion does not offer that.  Medicaid is not insurance and instead offers poor quality care to those who need care the most.  We hope Governor Wolf will work with the legislature, not around them, to propose healthcare solutions that will work for the people of our Commonwealth.”

AFP-PA State Director Beth Anne Mumford

(Emphasis ours.  Just because a patient has a card to present to a provider does NOT make her coverage insurance.  Her healthcare and that of her dependent children would be better understood if we acknowledged that basic fact.)

FDA Goes After Small Business Women

Home sewing businesses have been around since needles and cloth were invented.  These small operations  are usually run by women and allow stay-at-home moms and working women alike to generate extra income.  Most of us know of someone who does sewing or altering of clothing.  We are likely to praise the seamstress for making our slacks fit better or for designing the exact dress we had in mind.  But what if instead of sewing a wedding gown our neighborhood sewer stitches up cloth diapers or fabric menstrual pads? 

The FDA regulates personal care items as “medical devices” and demands a minimum $4000 yearly fee of these small time entrepreneurs.  The fee is not new, but has been virtually unknown or enforced on home seamstresses before December 2014.  For small operators this fee threatens to run them out of business by sucking away a large portion, if not all, of their profits.  Several sewers report the FDA told them medical device regulations including fees, not only apply to products made for sale, but also to items made for gifts, charity or personal use.

Small business creation and ingenuity are core republican concepts.  It’s time to tell the FDA we can trust ourselves to create, purchase and care for cloth diapers and menstrual pads without their involvement.  Admittedly this is not the most pressing item of public policy, but nevertheless it represents a government grown too big and addicted to taxes and control at any cost to the taxpayer.  Tell our federal legislators to reign in the power of the FDA.  

Further reading: 

Government Reaches Into Ladies’ Undies To Shake Down Women-Owned Businesses

The FDA Gets in Women’s Panties: Reusable Menstrual Pads to be Subject to $4000 a Year in Extortion Fees

FDA Classifies Reusable Menstrual Pads As Medical Devices; Retailers Must Pay Fee To Sell Them

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