I know I complain about it a lot, and I understand that there are certain instances where the government is perhaps trying to do the right thing. What I don’t understand is why we’re not allowed to do our own thing if we recognize the potential consequences and make that choice.
If there are people who want the protection of the government inspecting/validating food and drugs, that’s fine. Let them pay for it. On the other hand, if there are people who want to forego those options, they ought to be able to do so.
Recently the federal government announced that states aren’t allowed to get drugs from Canada. This sounds like protectionism at its finest. There is likely a component of such a ruling that’s trying to keep the US drug makers from having to actually face competition. There is also surely a part of this decision that allows the government to keep control of things. Neither is healthy in the long term.
Meanwhile, officials in Montgomery, Alabama are on track to save nearly half a million dollars by challenging this sort of ruling, and that’s exactly what should happen in a free society. If you want to pay for the FDA, by all means you should do so. But if I don’t, then I ought to be allowed to opt out and escape all this unnecessary government regulation. I’ll take my chances with the alternatives, thank you very much.
Sometimes we must depend on our own judgment, and simply live with the results of that judgment. If I want to buy drugs from another country, be they legal, prescribed drugs or those that the government has deemed illegal, it’s none of their business.