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Business Begging for Life

by Jeffrey Tucker
Whiskey and Gunpowder

Even in this seemingly permanent recession, government is intensifying its regulation, taxation and harassment of regular business people. Business pages are filling up with pleas to government from real-life entrepreneurs. All these people are saying is give freedom a chance.

An example is Seth Gordon, the co-founder and “TeaEO” of Honest Tea, which makes fabulous drinks that come in 16.9 ounce bottles. The tea sells very well but runs headlong into the latest absurdity of regulatory control from the New York mayor’s office.

Supposedly waging war on obesity, Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to ban for sale in eating establishments all drinks with more than 25 calories per 8 ounces. Honest Tea, founded to be a healthy alternative to soft drinks, misses this mark by 10 calories per serving.

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