John Stossel

 Big government is the problem. The purpose of government is to protect our rights. When other people attack us, we need government for protection.

 When threats come from the natural environment, however, the place to look for protection is normally the market. Inventors and investors, eager to make money, offer us a variety of life-improving possibilities every year. But when the government tries to protect us from them, what it really does is force us to face dangers without the protection innovative technology can provide.

 Nature gives us cold winters and hot summers, so we create clothing and buildings to keep us from getting too cold or too hot. Nature gives us ultraviolet radiation, so we develop shades and sunscreens. In each case, the mind of man produces an invention suited to the challenge -- and, if not stopped, proceeds to invent even better ways to meet the challenge.

 But in cases like Mexoryl, our government forbids us to adopt new ways to meet our challenges. The complaint may sound familiar. It's what arrogant authorities do: "He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so Suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them."

 Comparing the FDA to King George may sound like I'm taking sunscreen too seriously. But as the Founders understood, when it comes to government, it's the principle that's important; an unaccountable authority that can force you to accept wrinkles can force you to accept far worse. A few pence on a box of tea wasn't much either.

John Stossel

John Stossel is host of "Stossel" on the Fox Business Network. He's the author of "No They Can't: Why Government Fails, but Individuals Succeed." To find out more about John Stossel, visit his site at > To read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at ©Creators Syndicate