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Food Bunk

J. Murray Wrote: Dec 05, 2012 6:36 AM
Upton Sinclair had a huge agenda. At no point did he ever discuss how the Chicago packing industry got the way it was. Chicago has had a long reputation of corruption. At the turn of the century, opening a meat packing plant in the Chicago area required personal permission of the Chicago mayor, and he didn't give any out to anyone but his close friends. This was a perfect example of a government regulated market. The current operators knew that they were safe from competitors and could easily abuse their employees since the Chicago government effectively banned anyone from opening a competing facility. So instead of the correct response - eliminate government regulation - we got something worse, labor unions.

With America's "fiscal cliff" approaching, pundits wring their hands over the supposed catastrophe that government spending cuts will bring. A scare newsletter called "Food Poisoning Bulletin" warns that if government reduces food inspections, "food will be less safe ... (because) marginal companies ... (will) cut corners."

We're going to die!

Most people believe that without government meat inspection, food would be filthy. We read "The Jungle," Upton Sinclair's depiction of the meatpacking business, and assume that the FDA and the Food Safety and Inspection Service are all that stand between us and E. coli. Meatpacking conditions were disgusting. Government...

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