Charles Payne

By now you know the Food and Drug Administration, in conjunction with effort by First Lady Michelle Obama, proposed new food labeling. The proposed labels would shift the focus from fats to calories, and honest serving sizes.

The thinking is new labels would prompt shame and embarrassment on to food companies forcing them to create healthier products.

I appreciate Michelle Obama's efforts to get children to exercise more, but this scheme dovetails into the truer agenda of removing responsibility from the person to the evil corporation. A representative from the FDA said "No food company wants to look bad," so they'll do the right thing.

We look at food labels all the time, especially my wife, but we are mostly on the prowl for high sodium. Most of the time I'm not shocked at the levels of sugar or fat, but sodium is tricky.

Be that as it may, most people will look at labels and still eat foods the First Lady would frown upon.

The $2.0 billion price tag and redistribution of accountability aspect makes this a no-go for me, not to mention the proposed labels would look just like the current nutrition labels. I have a better idea...some kind of "nutrition facts" label should be affixed to the administration's economic policies. The nanny state is so important for elites; nothing underscores their true contempt for personal thought and choices.

Who's Watching the Watchdogs?

A new report (4,000 employees and 7,200 trades between 2009 and 2011) shows an amazingly lucky occurrence at the Securities and Exchange Commission. The men and women in charge of making sure there's no cheating in the stock market are all-natural born traders. Somehow they sell holdings, just days before there is an official SEC action. Imagine that. This is the same SEC that missed the scandals of Enron and WorldCom while swooning over Bernard Madoff, and his magical investment touch.

I watched the SEC wipe out hundreds of small investment firms and harass a lot of people, who are doing well in the market, only if they could lawyer up with the best.

I doubt if anything comes of this latest report as I've seen this before, and the news makes headlines and angers a few people then fades away. Yet something smells rotten when SEC employees get out right before the hammer comes down. Just for fun I'd like to see a further report on the 26% of employees, who buy stock the agency is preparing action against. Are they the office misfits?


Charles Payne

Charles V. Payne is a regular contributor to the Fox Business and Fox News Networks. He is also the Chief Executive Officer and Principle Analyst of Wall Street Strategies, Inc. (WSSI), founded in 1991 which provides subscription analytical services to both individual and institutional investors.
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