Should the federal government dictate what appears on the menu at your favorite restaurant? Daren Bakst, a Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, says no, and here explains why: “The FDA argues that Obamacare’s menu labeling requirement is necessary because the market has failed to provide adequate information to consumers, and New York City tried to ban large sugary drinks because mayor Bloomberg thought they were unhealthy. There is an underlying arrogance that presumes the government knows what is healthy. In a free society, people are entitled to live as they deem fit, especially in their personal lives, absent clear and direct harm to others. If the government can control what the public eats, it is difficult to imagine what it couldn’t do.”


  • Craig Rucker

    Craig Rucker is a co-founder of CFACT and currently serves as its president.