Dale, I think that is a good and wise local move by that County's Government.
Dan I hear you ok? I would like to make the system of the FDA work too, but here is the problem I have with them (as far as looking out for US the consumers) Ummmmmm they're the GOVERNMENT. LOL
Ok, let me explain. When Government entities such as the FDA is given power to regulate, discriminate, fine, etc, they're not directly subject to the approval of we the consumers, no, they're instead subject to the whims of those who wield the MOST POLITICAL INFLUENCE, which ain't guys like you and me. The consequence of this? Let's use the FDA as an example ok?
The FDA was created at the behest of Congress in 1903 (I believe) after Upton Sinclair published a book called "The Jungle" which described in horror the details of the meat packing industry in the early 20th Century, among other things. There was such a public outcry that Congress created an entity that would "protect us" from unsafe food and drugs. Well, it worked for a while, but it has since morphed into a monstrous bureaucracy and a system that forces drug companies to invest up to a BILLION dollars just to get a drug "approved" by the FDA. Another unintended consequence of this system is that in order for the drug companies to get a good return for their investment, they must be able to patent the drug and have exclusive rights to sell it. So what? Right? Well, what if you're a scientist and happen to discover a NATURAL drug that CAN'T be patented? Guess what? The FDA, in their infinite wisdom, and because they're influenced by money given to the congressmen that appoint them, won't allow NATURAL substances to be sold as medicine. (Sometimes they do, actually, but only after a Judge orders them to do so) This is just one example of the unintended consequences of letting the government make personal decisions for us. I guess that what I'm trying to say is that by ABDICATING out personal responsibility to look out for ourselves, we allow the corruption, flow of influential money, and restrictions to our choices that inherently follow. Don't even get me started about Medical Marijuana.
It's not just the FDA and the businesses that it regulates that is a problem,
Perhaps envisioning a self-regulating Market is hard to comprehend because we never even GAVE IT A CHANCE to work? There are many many many social issues and problems that we've never given the free market, and common law, the chance to solve.
I would love to have faith in Government to protect me from making bad choices, but I would prefer to rely instead on 3rd party information, and let me make my own investigations and choices.
Dan, you mentioned that you find AAA's mark of approval for the quality of a hotel that you're staying at questionable, that is good. This is because you're a smart guy, and you know that AAA can't FORCE any Hotel to comply with it's standards. Which means that "Buyer Beware" stays at the forefront of your thinking. You're not being lulled into a false sense of security by a Government Agency that "protects" you.
I guess my point is that we need to protect ourselves, with our own collective and VOLUNTARY rescources, rather than depending on the force and coercion of government to to "protect" us. It's my contention that they're main objective is to TAX us, with the idea of "protecting" us as the EXCUSE to do so.
May I make one last example, far away from the FDA? Let's talk about personal responsibility ok?
I was outraged recently when I read of a local story about a 18yo college student that died of alcohol poisoning. I wasn't mad at the fact that the student died, I was only sad about that, what I was MAD at, was the PARENTS that had the NERVE to SUE the college because they didn't "prevent" their son from drinking alcohol period. Now, how much you wanna bet that these parents never once let their son learn the social graces of, say, maybe having a glass of wine at the table, or how to drink responsibly? Oh, no, see, they didn't have to worry about doing THAT. Why? Oh, because, see, the GOVERNMENT was going to make sure that he didn't drink at all, so they didn't have to worry about teaching their son about drinking responsibly. I know that this is way off topic, but do you see what I'm getting at?
I now have to reply to Markgreyblue's Universal Health Care post. Gee, what do you think I'm gonna say?